Bernd Bucher

Bernd Bucher

Associate Professor, Political Science

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

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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.

2020-2021 Courses:

POL 101Introduction to International RelationsFALL 2020
POL 497Readings and Methods in Political Science and International RelationsFALL 2020
POL 101TIntroduction to International Relations: ViennaSPRING 2021
POL 301Theories of International RelationsSPRING 2021
POL 302WPolitical PhilosophySPRING 2021
POL 101Introduction to International RelationsSUMMER 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.

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