Photograph of Frank A. Stengel

I am currently a Lecturer and Research Fellow in International Political Sociology at Kiel University, Germany, specializing in International Political Sociology, political and sociological theory, Critical Security/Military Studies, German and US foreign policy, and populism.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Bremen/Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. Prior to joining Kiel University, I worked as a Research Officer for the Institutional Strategy at the University of Bremen. During the 2019-2020 academic year, I was a DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

My book The Politics of Military Force (University of Michigan Press, 2020) examines post-unification German security policy from the perspective of the poststructuralist discourse theory of the Essex School and was included among the Süddeutsche Zeitung‘s “Books of the Year 2022“. I am also the co-editor of Populism and World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, with David B. MacDonald and Dirk Nabers), which explores the inter- and transnational dimensions of populism.