Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: POR/18.B-4.112

My research focuses on the role of business in international politics and especially on the role of private military and security companies. My publications direct attention the politics of commercial security and develop theoretical approaches and methodologies suited for studying it. In recent work I explore the transformation of politics through commercial security expertise, risk-models, and regulatory arrangements drawing on and developing sociological practice approaches. My present projects explore the politics of commercial security knowledge as re-produced in marketing, web-communication and digitized/big data. This work is developed in the context of collaborative projects about security knowledge/expertise more generally.

Primary research areas
  • Sociological Theory
  • International Politics
  • Commercial Security
  • Technological Politics
  • Legal Theory
Administrative tasks
  • Member of the IBP Study Board
  • MSc Thesis Coordinator for MSC IBP
  • Board Member for DIIS Danish Institute of International Studies (Sept. 2010-   )
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board for GIGA German Institute for Global Area Studies (October 2012- )
  • Non-North American Representative to the International Studies Association Governing Council (2012-14)
  • Member of EU Horizon 2020 Reference Group on “Secure Societies”
Curriculum Vitae
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I teach at all levels. During the academic year 2015-16 I coordinate and teach the course Markets, Regulation and Security in the Maritime Sector offered by the BSc in International Shipping and Trade and I contribute to the HA (Kom) course Analytical Strategies. I have earlier developed and taught a wide range of courses including introductions to international relations and international political economy, specialized courses in political risk, international security, globalization, international finance, theories of the state, and Turkish politics and seminars for BSc, MSc, and PhD thesis writing.



I enjoy supervision. I supervise at all levels (undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD). I take on the full range of projects (from academic to internship reports). However, I rarely take on supervision of projects unless they directly relate to my own research interests.

Other teaching activities

I hold a number of organizing positions related to teaching including as a coordinator of the MSc thesis and member of the IBP study board, of the Danish External Examiner (“censor”) Association, and of the external examiner board at the University of Birmingham.


Selected publications
  • Leander, Anna. 2015. Afterword: Engendering Knowledge and Shifting the Spaces of “Private Security” and “Global Politics”. In Gender and Private Security in Global Politics, edited by Maya Eichler, pp. 236-43. Oxford University Press.
  • Leander, Anna. 2014. Essential and Embattled Expertise: The Knowledge—Expert—Policy Nexus around the Sarin Gas Attack in Syria. Politik 17 (2): 26-37.
  • Leander, Anna, ed. 2013. The Commercialization of Security in Europe: Consequences for Peace and Reconciliation. New York: Routledge.,
  • Leander, Anna. 2012. What Do Codes of Conduct Do? Hybrid Constitutionalization and Militarization in Military Markets. Global Constitutionalism 1 (1):91-119.
  • Leander, Anna. 2011. Risk and the Fabrication of Apolitical, Unaccountable Military Markets: The Case of the CIA “Killing Program”. Review of International Studies 37 (5):1-16.

Publications List
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Anna Leander / En samarbejdende komposition af kollager og studiet af kommerciel sikkerhed
In: Eklektiske analysestrategier. ed. /Emil Husted; Justine Grønbæk Pors . Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur 2021, p. 283-316
Book chapter > peer review
Mareile Kaufmann; Anna Leander; Nanna Bonde Thylstrup / Beyond Cyberutopia and Digital Disenchantment : Pragmatic Engagements with and from Within the Internet.
In: First Monday, Vol. 25, No. 5, 4.5.2020
Journal article > peer review
Tanja Aalberts; Xymena Kurowska; Anna Leander; Maria Mälksoo; Charlotte Heath-Kelly; Luisa Lobato; Ted Svensson / Rituals of World Politics : On (visual) Practices Disordering Things.
In: Critical Studies on Security, 9.8.2020
Journal article > peer review
Anna Leander; Donatella Della Ratta / Art as Expertise? : Creative Expression in the Syrian Conflict Resolution.
In: Assembling Exclusive Expertise: Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South. . ed. /Anna Leander; Ole Wæver. Abingdon : Routledge 2019, p. 189-212 (Worlding Beyond the West)
Book chapter > peer review
Anna Leander (Editor) ; Ole Wæver (Editor) / Assembling Exclusive Expertise : Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South.
Abingdon : Routledge 2019, 227 p. (Worlding Beyond the West)
Anthology > peer review
Elke Krahmann; Anna Leander / Contracting Security : Markets in the Making of MONUSCO Peacekeeping.
In: International Peacekeeping, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2019, p. 165-189
Journal article > peer review
Anna Leander; Ole Wæver / Introduction : Assembling Exclusive Expertise: Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South.
In: Assembling Exclusive Expertise: Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South. . ed. /Anna Leander; Ole Wæver. Abingdon : Routledge 2019, p. 1-20 (Worlding Beyond the West)
Book chapter > peer review
Anna Leander / Sticky Security : The Collages of Tracking Device Advertising.
In: European Journal of International Security, Vol. 4, No. 3, 10.2019, p. 322-344
Journal article > peer review
Anna Leander / Foreword: “Widening the Debate” and Raising Questions
In: Security Privatization: How Non-security-related Private Businesses Shape Security Governance. . ed. /Oldrich Bures; Helena Carrapico. Cham : Springer 2018, p. v-vii
Anna Leander / International Relations Expertise at the Interstices of Fields and Assemblages
In: The SAGE Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations. ed. /Andreas Gofas; Inanna Hamati-Ataya; Nicholas Onuf. London : SAGE Publications 2018, p. 386-398
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