Chair of the Academic Division of Communication, History and Politics

Ph.D. University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
M.A. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Office: Lowerre  Academic Center, Office 16 
Phone: +41 91 985 22 63

Bernd Bucher received his Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen in 2011 and held the position of a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bielefeld (faculty of sociology) prior to joining Franklin University Switzerland in 2015.

His primary research interests are located at the intersection of IR theory and sociology. Power, language and contestation practices as well as security dynamics are central to his research which utilizes (historical) discourse analysis and draws on qualitative methods.

He has successfully published in leading academic journals and is currently part of a number of individual and collaborative research projects which focus on applying processual-relational thinking to IR. Bernd Bucher regularly peer reviews for leading academic journals and actively participates in leading international professional associations and conferences.


2021-2022 Courses

POL 101 Introduction to International Relations FALL 2021
POL 497 Readings and Methods in Political Science and International Relations FALL 2021



Bucher, Bernd (2011) Processual-Relational Thinking and Figurational Sociology in Social Constructivism: The Rogueization of Liberal and Illiberal States. Bamberg: Difo Druck.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Bucher, Bernd and Ursula Jasper (2016) ‘Revisiting ‘identity’ in International Relations: From identity as substance to identifications in action. European Journal of International Relations. doi:10.1177/1354066116644035.

Bucher, Bernd, Martin Koch and Jochen Walter (2015) UN-Simulationen in der politikwissenschaftlichen Hochschullehre (Using UN Security Council simulations in teaching introductory courses to IR). Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Gesellschaftswissenschaften. 6(2): 136-149.

Bucher, Bernd (2015) Moving beyond the substantialist foundations of the agency-structure dichotomy: Figurational thinking in International Relations. Journal of International Relations and Development. AOP. doi:10.1057/jird.2015.12.

Bucher, Bernd (2014) Acting Abstractions: Metaphors, narrative structure and the eclipse of agency. European Journal of International Relations 20(3): 742-765.

Bucher, Bernd (2012) Figurational Sociology and the Democratic Peace - Holy Allies and Liberal Threats. Human Figurations 1(2).

Contributions to edited volumes:

Bernd, Bucher (2014) Liberal Rogues: The pitfalls of Great Power Collaboration and the Stigmatization of Revolutionary Naples in Post-Napoleonic Europe. In: Wagner, Wolfgang, Wouter Werner and Michal Onderco (eds.) Deviance in International Relations. Theorizing the Significance of so-called Rogue states.

Non-peer reviewed contributions:

Bernd, Bucher (2015) Historical International Relations. Academic Foresights No. 14 - July-December 2015.

Awards and Honors:

2015 Travel grant by the German Academic Exchange Service.

2014 Nomination for best conference paper: Von Normerosion und Normkontestation zu Normenkonkurrenz und Normenpolitik. DVPW-Sektion Internationale Politik. Magdeburg, 25.09 - 27.09.2014.

2013 Research grant: research assistance for 6 months and an associated travel grant by the faculty of sociology (University of Bielefeld).

2013 Travel grant by the German Academic Exchange Service

2011 Travel grant by the International Studies Association.

Current projects:

The role of non-state actors in the development of 19th Century International Society (with Mathias Albert, University of Bielefeld).

Identity enactment in foreign policy decision-making (with Ursula Jasper, ETH Zürich) Article under review at the European Journal of International Relations.

International Sports Events as a primary institution of International Society (with Julian Eckl, University of Hamburg).

Primary Institutions and sovereignty as intertwined processes (with Thomas Müller, University of Bielefeld).

Moving from norm diffusion and norm erosion towards a theoretical framework of norm politics.

The ontological implications of the United States rogue state discourse in the 1990s.