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Hartmut Mayer

Hartmut Mayer

((BA FUBerlin;MALD Tufts;MPhil.Camb.;DPhil.Oxford))

Offical Fellow and Lecturer in Politics (International Relations), St Peters College, University of Oxford
(01865) 278929
St Peter's College

Hartmut Mayer is Offical Fellow and Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at St. Peter`s College, University of Oxford as well as Adjunct Professor in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hokins University, SAIS Europe in Bologna. He studied History, Politics and Drama at the Free University of Berlin before undertaking graduate studies in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), at Harvard University and Cambridge University (Gonville and Caius College). He received his doctorate in International Relations from St. Antonys College, University of Oxford.

Prior to becoming a Fellow of St. Peter`s, he held College Lectureships at Worcester, St. John`s and St. Peters Colleges, University of Oxford. He has been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (1995), the Finnish Institute for International Affairs (UPI) in Helsinki (2003) and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin (2004). In the academic year 2006-2007 he held, for 10 months, a JSPS Research Fellowship at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, he was Visiting Professor at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo for 5 months. Between 2011 and 2014 taught as  long-term Guest Professor at the Univeristy of Hamburg and at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. In 2014, he was then Wiener-Anspach Visiting Professor at ULB in Brussels and OXPO Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris.

Since 1999 he has also worked as a regular political consultant(Region Head Europe) at Oxford Analytica. Furthermore, he was a journalist for more than 10 years,writing for, among others, the German Press Agency (dpa) in New York, Sueddeutsche Zeitung in Munich and DIE ZEIT in Hamburg.

Research Interests

My main research interests have so far included the International Relations of Europe,European Security (NATO, CSCE/OSCE, EU), the Politics of the European Union (in particular external relations), Europes Role in Global Governance, Normative Theory in IR, Regionalism in World Politics,Cold War History, Foreign Policy Analysis (in particular German Foreign Policy), Anglo-German Relations and Comparative European Government. My workcombines the study of contemporary history, politics and international relations. In 2006-07 I spent a yearat WasedaUniversity, Tokyo, researchingregionalism and global governance, security co-operation in Asia, inter-regionalism,ASEM as well as, more specifically,EU-Japanese relations.

Currently, I am also involvedwith a larger Oxford based research programme on Rethinking Europe in a Non-European World (RENEW)


Foreign Policy and diplomacy History International relations International security


I have taught and continue to teach the following courses:

PPE and MHP undergraduate courses:

Prelims, International Relations (Politics 214), International Relations of the Era of the Cold War (Politics 213), International Relations in the Era between Two World Wars (Politics 212), Politics and Government of Western Europe (Politics 206), Politics of the EU (Politics 228), Comparative Government (Politics 201)

Graduate Courses for M.Phil. in International Relations and the M.Phil. in European Politics and Society

The International History of Europe since 1945 (taught 2003-2006)

Core Course in European Integration (taught in 2002-2003)



1. Books:

Hartmut Mayer/Henri Vogt (Eds.), A Responsible Europe ? Ethical Foundations of EU External Affairs,Basingstoke: Palgrave 2006

Hartmut Mayer/Thomas Stehling (Eds.), German-British Relations and the Spirit of Cadenabbia, Berlin 2005.

2. Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Hartmut Mayer, Declining might in the limelight: European responses to new regional powers, in: South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 16, No 2 (August 2009), pp. 195-214.

Hartmut Mayer, The Long Legacy of Dorian Gray: Why the European Union Needs to Redefine Its Role in Global Affairs, in: Journal of European Integration, Vol. 10, No.1(March 2008), pp. 7-25

Hartmut Mayer, Is it still called Chinese Whispers? The EUs rhetoric and action as a responsible global institution, in: International Affairs 84:1 (January 2008), pp.61-79.

Hartmut Mayer (with Henri Vogt), The Global Responsibility of the European Union: From Principles to Policy, in: Mayer/Vogt, A Responsible Europe ?, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2006, pp. 225-235.

Hartmut Mayer, The `Mutual`, `Shared` and `Dual Responsibility of the West: The EU and the US in a Sustainable Transatlantic Alliance, in: Mayer/Vogt, A Responsible Europe ?, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2006, pp. 57-71.

Hartmut Mayer, LAllemagne, la politique de cooperation europeene et le processus de la CSCE (1972-1975), in: Elisabeth du Reau/Robert Frank,Dynamiques europeennes. Nouvel espace. Nouveaux enjeux 1969-1981, Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne 2002.

Hartmut Mayer, Central Power, Central Debate ? The German foreign policy community and the rethinking of European Order, in: Robin Niblett/William Wallace (Eds.), Rethinking European Order: West European Responses, 1989-1997, Basingstoke: Palgrave 2001.

Hartmut Mayer, Early at the beach and claiming territory ? The evolution of German ideas on a new European Order, in: International Affairs, Vol. 73, No. 4 (1997), pp. 721-737.

Hartmut Mayer, Germanys Role in the Fouchet-Negotiations, in: Journal of European Integration History, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1996), pp. 39-59

Hartmut Mayer (with Geoffrey Edwards), Der Ministerrat, in: Werner Weidenfeld/Wolfgang Wessels. Jahrbuch der Europaeischen Integration 1993/94, Bonn: Europa Union Verlag 1994, pp.63-70.

Hartmut Mayer, Trotzlauter Worte eine stille Allianz ? Die Briten, ihre Rheinarmee und die Neubestimmung des sicherheitspolitischen Status Deutschlands, in: Gunther Hellmann, Alliierte Praesenz und deutsche Einheit. Die politischen Folgen militaerischer Macht, Baden-Baden: Nomos 1994, pp. 269-312.



Having been a journalist myself, I enjoy media work. As an Oxford academic I have commented,a.o. for the BBC, CNBC, Reuters and numerous magazines and newspapers.

I feel qualified to comment on the research areas listed above, in particular European Politics, the EU, German Politics (elections, domestic and foreign policy), regional integration, EU-Asia and on Europe in the World