Inez Von Weitershausen, Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Country: United States (Massachusetts)

About Me:

My work at MIT centers around two corea areas: As a researcher, I am interested in cooperation dynamics across a wide range of issue areas, including crisis management, international trade, and education. My scholarly publications thus encompass work on the uprisings in Libya, the trade and development policies of the EU and international cooperation in the Higher Education sector.Second, I am deeply passionate about teaching and learning and keen to identfy ways in which both can be improved. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinay appraoches and best practices across institutions, organisations and countries.I have a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, as well as degrees from Bucerius Law school, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and the University of Bonn.

Research Interests

Comparative Political Institutions

European Politics

Foreign Policy

Public Policy

Conflict Processes & War

Middle East & North African Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

Education And Conflict

Countries of Interest


United States

United Kingdom



My Research:

My work has been dedicated to understanding different dimensions of international cooperation. Fascinated by the fact that even after decades of scholarship across disciplines, there is still extensive debate about questions such as What constitutes ‘cooperation’?, Why do actors choose (not) to engage in cooperative behavior?, or 'How can challenges to cooperation be overcome?', I have engaged with the phenomenon from a theoretical as well as an empirical and a practical angle. In the process, I focused on multiple countries and regions, with a specical focus on the European Union, as well as different policy areas, including foreign affairs, diplomacy and crisis management. I have taught at academic institutions in Europe, the US and China and disseminated my work among the academic community through international conferences and workshops, numerous articles and book chapters, blog posts, reviews and in panels with policy-makers, diplomats and journalists.