Francesco Ragazzi | @fragazzi
Assistant Professor | Institute of Political Science - Leiden University
Associated Scholar | CERI - Sciences Po Paris
Associated Scholar | Centre d'Etude sur les Conflits, Liberté et Securité (CCLS)

Lastest publications
"Low-tech security" (with Laurent Bonelli), Security Dialogue
"Policed Multiculturalism?" in Counter-Radicalisation: Critical perspectives
"A comparative analysis of diaspora policies", Political Geography

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Since 2010 Assistant Professor in IR, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University (Netherlands)

  • - Introduction to International Politics
  • - Critical Security Studies
  • - Identity and Transnational Politics
  • - International Security
  • - World Politics

Since 2012 Associate Scholar, Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), Sciences Po Paris (France)

Since 2008 Associate Researcher, Centre d’Etudes sur Les Conflits, Liberté, Sécurité (France)


  • - Critical approaches to security
  • - Terrorism, counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation
  • - Communications and digital mass surveillance
  • - Diaspora politics and transnationalism in International Relations
  • - Transnational practices of citizenship, sovereignty and nationalism
  • - Field Theory (Bourdieu) and Governmentality (Foucault)
  • - International Political Sociology


Articles in peer-reviewed journals

(2009) ‘Governing diasporas’, International Political Sociology n° 4 vol. 3. pp. 378–397 [download]

(2007) with c.a.s.e., collective. ‘Europe, Knowledge, Politics Engaging with the Limits: The c.a.s.e. collective Responds’ ,Security Dialogue, December 1, 2007; 38(4): 559 - 576.[download]

(2007) with Stephan Davidshofer. ‘Guest Editors' Introduction: Practices of Security and the Political’, Journal of International relations and Development, 10 (4): 327-331 [download]

(2006) with c.a.s.e., collective. ‘Critical Approaches to Security in Europe. A Networked Manifesto.’ Security Dialogue, 37 (4):443-487 (contributor and coordinator with Stephan Davidshofer) [download]

(2004) " 'The National Security Strategy of the USA' ou la rencontre improbable de Grotius, Carl Schmitt et Philip K. Dick" [‘The National Security Strategy of the USA', or the unlikely encounter of Grotius, Carl Schmitt and Philip K. Dick], Cultures & Conflits, no. 56 pp. 141-156 [link]

Book chapters

(2013, forthcoming) " Diasporas, Security, Citizenship" in Xavier Guillaume, Jef Huysmans (eds), Citizenship and Security: The Constitution of Political Being, New York, NY, Routledge [download]

(2013, forthcoming) “Diasporas, Cosmopolitanism and Post-Territorial Citizenship” in Sonika Gupta (ed). Cosmopolitanism: Critical Reflections. London, Routledge [download]

(2012) "Diaspora, Cosmopolitanism and Post-territorial Citizenship in Contemporary Croatia " in Ulrike Ziemer, Sean P. Roberts (eds), East European Diasporas, Migration and Cosmopolitanism, New York, NY, Routledge [download]

(2011) with Bigo, Didier, Julien Jeandesboz and Philippe Bonditti. "Borders and Security: The different logics of surveillance in Europe" In Saskia Bonjour, Andrea Rea and Dirk Jacobs (ed.), The Others in Europe, Brussels (Belgium), Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles. pp. 77-89.

(2010) « Le cas croate: la “dijaspora” comme programme politique » in Stephane Dufoix, Loin des Yeux Près du Cœur, Les Etats et leurs expatriés, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po

(2009) with Igor Stiks “Croatian Citizenship: From Ethnic Engineering to Inclusiveness” in R. Bauböck, B. Perchinig and W. Sievers (eds.), Citizenship Policies in the New Europe, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. pp. 339-363

(2009) "The Croatian ‘Diaspora Politics’ of the 1990s: Nationalism Unbound?" in Brunnbauer, Ulf, Transnational Societies, Transterritorial Politics. Migrations from the (Post)Yugoslav Area, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, pp 145-168

(2009). "Le Cas Abu Omar" In Amandine Scherrer, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and Didier Bigo (ed.), Mobilité(s) sous surveillance. Perspectives croisées UE-Canada, Outremont (Québec), Athéna éditions.

(2009) with Eduardo Barberis and Bruno Cousin « La Gauche gouvernementale italienne et ses politiques d’immigration [The governmental left in Italy and its immigration policies ] (1992-2001) », in Piero Caracciolo (ed.), Refaire l'Italie : l'expérience de la gauche libérale (1992-2001) Paris, Editions Rue d’Ulm pp. 205-250

Working Papers

(2011) with Kristina Balalovska “Diaspora Politics and Post-Territorial Citizenship in Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia”, CITSEE Working Paper 2011/18 (September) ISSN 2046-4096

(2009), The Invention of the Croatian Diaspora: Unpacking the Politics of “Diaspora” During the War in Yugoslavia, Washington D.C., George Mason University, Global Migration and Transnational Politics Working Paper No. 10, November. 10 p.

(2009) with Amicelle, Anthony, Didier Bigo, Julien Jeandesboz "Catalogue of Security and Border Technologies at use in Europe Today", INEX Deliverables (EU-Funded Framework Program 7), n° 2.

(2008) with Bigo, Didier, Philippe Bonditti, Julien Jeandesboz (2008) "State-of-Art Review of Scholarly Research on Security Technologies and Their Relation to the Societies Which They Serve", INEX Deliverables (EU-Funded Framework Program 7), n° 1.

Book reviews

(2011) "Esman, Milton J., "Diasporas in the Contemporary World" (Book Review)", Journal of Urban Studies, n° 14 vol. 48.

(2007) Bibliographic review « Le Pape M., Siméant J., Vidal C., Crises extrêmes. Face aux massacres, aux urgences civiles et aux génocides » Cultures et Conflits, n°65 (printemps) pp. 165-172

(2004) Bibliographic review « Stéphane DUFOIX, Les Diasporas, » Cultures et Conflits, n° 53


(2003) Mobilisations, strategies et discours des associations de la " diaspora " croate aux Etats-unis face au conflit dans l'ex-Yougoslavie. [“Mobilizations, Strategies and discourses of the Croatian Diaspora in the US during the conflict in Former Yugoslavia”] Mémoire de DEA, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po)


(2007) Translation from Italian: Cuttitta, Paolo « Le monde-frontière. Le contrôle de l’immigration dans l’espace globalisé », ,Cultures et Conflits , no. 68

(2004) Translation from Italian: Dal Lago, Alessandro « Polizia Globale », Cultures et Conflits , no. 56


Personal Research Grants

2011-2014 – Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO) VENI Grant “Security and the Politics of Belonging: Homegrown terrorism, counter-radicalization and the “end” of multiculturalism?” (Project no. 016.125.216)

  • 263,700 EUR over 3 years

2011-2015 - Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG). Project COUNTERADICAL (FP7-294152)

  • 100,000 EUR over 4 years

Collective Research Grants

2011 - Swiss National Foundation (SNF) International Exploratory Workshop. Obtained with Rahel Kunz (University of Lausanne) and Julien Jeandesboz (King’s College London).

      15,000 CHF


2006-2008 Double-Ph.D. 2-years grant, Sciences-Po Paris and Northwestern University.

2005-2006 Fulbright Scholarship (Oct. 2005 – Feb. 2006)

  • Canadian Government Scholarship, declined
  • Lurcy Foundation Scholarship, declined

2003-2004 Research scholarship, Robert Schuman Foundation (Paris)


2003-2010 PhD. When Governements Say : ‘diaspora’. Supervisors: Didier Bigo and Michael Hanchard. International Relations Department, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po, Paris) France. / Northwestern University, Chicago (USA) – Joint Ph.D. program. (Committee: Didier Bigo, Michael Hanchard, Jef Huysmans, Riva Kastoryano, Michael Loriaux, Will Reno)

2008-2009 Research Fellow (Post-Doc), “Diaspora Mobilization and International Security” (ESRC Funded Project RES-181-25-0036), Primay Investigator: Dr. Fiona Adamson, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

2005-2006 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston (IL)

2002-2003 One-year postgraduate research diploma, (DEA) in International Relations, (Sciences-Po, Paris)

2000-2003 Masters Degree, International Relations and Development Studies, (Sciences-Po, Paris) France.

1998-2000 Bachelors Degree in Political Science, (Sciences-Po, Paris)

1997-1998 Hypokhâgne (Preparatory class), Lycée Claude Monet (Paris XIII).


Previous Research positions

2008-2011 - Associate Researcher – INEX (Converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal/external security continuum in Europe) EU-Funded FP7 Research Program (

Previous Teaching positions

2010-2011 - Adjunct Professor, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

2007-2008 - Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University

2003-2004 - Teaching Assistant, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

Interactive learning project

(2009) Liberty & Security, Multimedia Teaching and Training Module of the Challenge Programme. (DVD and Website).

"Liberty & Security" is a multimedia teaching and training module critically engaging with debates about balancing liberty and security in the European Union, including the changing nature of border controls and war. Jef Huysmans and Francesco Ragazzi have integrated findings from CHALLENGE ( The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security ), a European Commission funded FP6 project (2004-2009) in a most original combination of texts, videos and audios. Using visual tools and a flexible navigation system they make the complexity and political stakes of contemporary security practices accessible to a wider public. Its modular approach makes it also an excellent tool to support teaching.

Editorial responsibilities

Since 2014 Member of the Editorial Board, Citizenship Studies

Since 2004 Member of the Editorial Board, International Political Sociology

Since 2008 Member of the Editorial Committee, Cultures et Conflits

2008-2011 Member of the management team, International Political Sociology, published by Blackwell (International Studies Association) (2008-2011)

2006-2009 Book review co-editor, Security Dialogue, published by SAGE. (2006-2009)

Referee for journals

European Journal of International Relations, Security Dialogue, International Political Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Cultures et Conflits, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Urban Studies, Journal of International Relations and Development, Political Studies, Review of International Studies, Ethics and International Affairs

Referee for funding bodies

Czech Science Foundation (GACR)

Professional Association involvement

2006-2009 Communications Director (IPS Section, International Studies Association), currently member of the section.


French and Italian - Native speaker

English, Spanish, Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian - Fluent

Turkish - Intermediate.

Dutch - Beginner



September 2011 “Governing Mobilities Through Sending States” co-organizer, with Rahel Kunz and Julien Jeandesboz. Université de Lausanne

October 2010 “The European Boundaries of Humanity” co-organizer, with Didier Bigo and Julien Jeandesboz. (INEX FP7 / LISS Cost / EU Canada programs). Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

September 2007 Co-convenor, 14 panels with Jef Huysmans and Stephan Davidshofer. Making Sense of a Pluralist World: Sixth Pan-European Conference on International Relations (SGIR – ECPR) University of Turin, Italy 12-15 September 2007 / Section: Critical Approaches to Security in Europe .

October 2005-March 2006 Founder and member of the Graduate working group ‘Critical Approaches to International and Comparative Issues’, CICS, Northwestern University

June 16-18, 2005 “Critical Approaches to Security in Europe”. COST (E.U. Programme) Training School Local Organizer, with Stephan Davidshofer. Among the 12 Invited Speakers: Ole Waever, Michael Williams, Jef Huysmans, Didier Bigo. More than 30 students from doctoral schools in Europe participated, 35,000 Eur.

March 29, 2004 “Les Diasporas”, Discussant in the Seminar organized with Nathalie Bayon in the framework of Culture & Conflits’ reading groups. Speaker : Stéphane Dufoix. CERI, Paris.

April 30, 2003 “Futur et perspectives de la Convention Européenne” [Future and perspectives of the European Convention], with Giuliano AMATO, Marc LAZAR, Christian LEQUESNE, Florence GAUDEZ, Sciences-Po, Paris. Main organizer as president of the Franco-italian Society of Sciences-Po (CONVIVIO)

November 11-12, 2002 (Participated) International Peace Academy Conference : “United Nations Principal Goals, Ideas and Conferences International Student Workshop”, United Nations Secretariat, New York.

May 10, 2001 “Les enjeux des elections Italiennes” [Questions around the Italian Elections], with Giuliano FERRARA (Il Foglio), Paolo Romani (Famiglia Cristiana), Corradino Mineo (RAI), Sciences-Po, Paris.

Main organizer as president of the Franco-italian Society of Sciences-Po (CONVIVIO)

Invited Speaker

(2012) “Homegrown terrorism, counter-radicalization and the “end” of multiculturalism?”. Invited Speaker, University of Geneva, 7 May.

(2012). “Homegrown terrorism, counter-radicalization and the “end” of multiculturalism?”. Paper presented at the Mediterranean Research Programme Annual Meeting, Workshop 4, “Contextualizing Multiculturalism” (Murat Akan, Peter Geschiere) Montecatini, Italy. 21-24 March 2012

(2011). "Neither Fortress Europe nor Cosmopolis: the EU government of migration through sending states." Paper presented at the Politics in the Global Age: Critical Reflections on Sovereignty, Citizenship, Territory and Nationalism, Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai (India), December.

(2011). "Migration, Security and the European Border." Paper presented at the Human Rights and Globalization - Challenges for the Media, Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany, 6-7 May.

(2010). "Diaspora politics and the Transnational Political Field in IR." Paper presented at the IPS Doctoral Workshops, Paris, France, 25-26 October.

(2010). "Emigration states in the global governance of migration." Paper presented at the Metropolis Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, 5-6 October.

(2011). With Julien Jeandesboz "EU Borders and Security Technologies." Paper presented at the Conference The Reframing of the Insecurity Continuum in EU's Internal and External Security Policies, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Brussels, Belgium, 17 February.

(2011). With Julien Jeandesboz "EU, Borders, Security." Paper presented at the INEX Final Conference, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway, 29 March.

(2011). "Governing Diasporas in IR." Paper presented at the conference To Protect and Promote? Sending States and Diasporas in Comparative Perspective, New School for Social Research (New York, USA), 6-7 May.

(2009) “Governing Diasporas”, Paper presented at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) workshop “Explaining Diaspora Politics”, University of London, UK, 30-31/10

(2009) “Values and Security Technologies” Paper presented at the INEX Mid-term conference, CEPS, Brussels, 29/10

(2009). "The CASE collective, a first step toward a collective critique?" Paper presented at the Global Security Regimes conference, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, 20/02.

(2006). "‘Diaspora’ as a state category: transnational governmental strategies. The case of Croatia and Croats abroad." Paper presented at the COMPAS Seminar Series: States and Emigrants, Oxford University, 01/06.

(2006) “Roundtable: Introduction to CASE”, with Stephan Davisdshofer, paper presented at the Seminar "Critical Approaches to Security in Europe II", 29 September-1 October, Tampere University, Finland.

(2006) Invited speaker, Northwestern University, Department of French and Italian ‘La sinistra italiana e le politiche dell'immigrazione (1992-2000)’ (28/02/2006)

(2005) Invited speaker, intercultural seminar of Prof. Agamennone, Uinversità degli Studi di Firenze, Italy. (19/05)

Conference papers

(2012) “Governing Radicalization Through Sending States ?" Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, USA

(2012). “Homegrown terrorism, counter-radicalization and the “end” of multiculturalism?”. Paper presented at the Mediterranean Research Programme Annual Meeting, Workshop 4, “Contextualizing Multiculturalism” (Murat Akan, Peter Geschiere) Montecatini, Italy. 21-24 March 2012

(2011). "Diaspora Politics and Post-Terrirotial Citizenship in Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia." Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, April.

(2010) with Julien Jeandesboz “Security, technology, populations: the EU’s ‘smart border in the making’” Paper presented at the SGIR Conference, Stockholm, September 2010

(2010) "Is the nation where it is supposed to be ? The diaspora politics of post-SFRY Croatian, Serbia and Macedonia". Paper presented at the CITSEE Conference, University of Edinburgh, 24-25 June 2010

(2010) "Post-territorical citizenship and diaspora politics in concemporary Croatia." Paper presented at the Diaspora and Citizenship Workshop, University of Manchester, UK, 15th January.

(2009) "Annexation without territory? Diaspora politics and irredentism in post-Dayton Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina." Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Annual Convention, New York, March / April

(2009) "Diasporic citizenship as deterritorialised societal securitisation. The case of former Yugoslavia." Paper presented at the ECPR annual conference, Lisboa, Portugal, 04

(2009) "Governing Diasporas." Paper presented at the ISA annual Convetion, New York, USA, 03

(2009) "Diaspora Politics as Globalized Ethnic Engineering: The Case of Former Yugoslavia." Paper presented at the ASEN annual conference, London, UK, march/april

(2008) "The Croatian ‘Diaspora Politics’ of the 1990s: Nationalism Unbound?" Paper presented at the 5th Annual IMISCOE Conference, Bilbao, Spain 9-12 / 9

(2008) "Ethnicity and conflict: lessons learned from former Yugoslavia." Paper presented at the Cumberland Lodge Conference, Windsor, UK, 09

(2007) ‘Governing communities: performing ethnic conflict from Sarajevo to Fallujah’ Paper presented at the SGIR conference, Turin, Italy (September)

(2007) "‘Who has the rights?’ Blood, culture or territory within the global politics of belonging " Paper presented at the International Studies Association 47th Convention, Chicago, USA

(2006) "Globalization and the state: transnational governmental strategies." Paper presented at the International Studies Association 46th Convention, San Diego, USA

(2005) "Diaspora politics: the other side of the securitization of citizenship." Paper presented at the Critical Approaches to Security Conference, Sciences Po, Paris (France), 18/06

(2005) "La " diaspora " comme catégorie d'Etat : Le cas de la Croatie." Paper presented at the Journée d'études du CERI :Nations, nationalismes, identités. Théories et pratiques, Paris, 10/06

(2005) "'Diasporitisation ?' : Diaspora mobilisation as long-distance Securitization." Paper presented at the International Studies Association 45th Convention, Honolulu, USA

(2004) “Looking at the diasporic field in international politics: "Diaspora" as a performative utterance." Paper presented at the 5th Pan-European SGIR Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, September

(2004) "Uttering « diaspora » : speech acts, repertoires and social construction" Paper presented at the Conference “Imagining Diasporas: Space, Identity and Social Change”, University of Windsor, Canada, May.

(2004) "Diaspora as a speech act in international politics : who says 'diaspora' and why ?" Paper presented at the International Studies Association 45th Convention, Montreal, March

(2003) "Is it really about power and weakness ? Why Kagan is wrong." Paper presented at the Annual Quad Centre Postgraduate Student Conference, Kent University, UK


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Leiden University
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