Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: POR/18.B-4.112
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • Sociological Theory
  • International Politics
  • Commercial Security
  • Technological Politics
  • Legal Theory
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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.


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
Publications & dissemination
Anna Leander / Afterword : The Commercial In/For International Political Sociology .
In: Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. ed. /Xavier Guillaume; Pınar Bilgin. Abingdon : Routledge 2017, p. 378-388
Book chapter
Anna Leander / Digital/Commercial (In)visibility : The Politics of DAESH Recruitment Videos.
In: European Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2017, p. 329–347
Journal article
Stefano Guzzini; Anna Leander / Following Onuf's Rules on Rule : The Legal Road to Social Constructivism.
In: The Art of World-Making: Nicholas Greenwood Onuf and His Critics. . ed. /Harry D. Gould. Abingdon : Routledge 2017, p. 175-188
Book chapter
Anna Leander / From Cookbooks to Encyclopaedias in the Making : Methodological Perspectives for Research of Non-state Actors and Processes.
In: Researching Non-state Actors in International Security: Theory and Practice. . ed. /Andreas Kruck; Andrea Schneiker. Abingdon : Routledge 2017, p. 233-244 (Routledge Critical Security Studies)
Book chapter
Anna Leander / Critical Perspectives on Military Markets
In: The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing. ed. /Joakim Berndtsson; Christopher Kinsey. Abingdon : Routledge 2016, p. 87-96
Book chapter
Anna Leander / Ethnographic Contributions to Method Development : “Strong Objectivity” in Security Studies.
In: International Studies Perspectives, Vol. 17, No. 4, 11.2016, p. 462-475
Journal article
Anna Leander / Interviewing Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) about Pierre Bourdieu and International Relations
In: The Return of the Theorists: Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations. . ed. /Richard Ned Lebow; Peer Schouten; Hidemi Suganami. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan 2016, p. 337-343
Book chapter
Marieke de Goede; Anna Leander; Gavin Sullivan / Introduction : The Politics of the List.
In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2016, p. 3-13
Journal article
Rita Abrahamsen; Anna Leander / Introduction
In: Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies. ed. /Rita Abrahamsen; Anna Leander. Abingdon : Routledge 2016, p. 1-7
Book chapter
Rita Abrahamsen (Editor) ; Anna Leander (Editor) / Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies
Abingdon : Routledge 2016, 280 p.
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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”