Michelle Weitzel

Michelle WEITZEL

Assistant Professor, International Relations/Political Science
Faculty Associate, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)
Spoken languages
English, French, German
Areas of expertise
  • Armed conflict, violence
  • Affect, emotion, and the senses
  • Governance
  • Critical security studies
  • Field research
  • Interpretive and qualitative methods
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East and North Africa


PhD Granting Institution 
The New School for Social Research

Michelle Weitzel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Basel (2020-2022). She received her PhD from The New School in 2020, where she trained in comparative politics and international relations and specialized in the political systems of the Middle East and North Africa. Weitzel’s research centers on repression, violence, conflict, critical security studies, spatial and sensory politics, affect and emotions. Her current book project, entitled “Sound Politics: Affective Governance and the State,” draws on case studies in Palestine, Israel, Algeria, France, and Morocco. 


  • Michelle D. Weitzel. 2020. “Common Sense Politics: Religion and Belonging in French Public Space.” French Politics 18(4): 380-404.
  • Michelle D. Weitzel. 2019. "Engineering Affect: Street Politics and Microfoundations of Governance." Middle East Law & Governance 11(2): 203-243.
  • Michelle D. Weitzel. 2018. “Audializing Migrant Bodies: Sound and Security at the Border.” Security Dialogue 49 (6): 421-437.

Current Projects
Michelle Weitzel is currently working on a book manuscript that examines State efforts to regulate or coerce individuals and collectives through affective means. In other research, Weitzel looks at the intersection of time, perception, and mobility.

Michelle Weitzel