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Ph.D., 2004, International Politics
University of Newcastle, UK
Natalie Bormann joined the Department of Political Science in 2007, after holding positions at Brown University, and the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh in the UK. She is the author of National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity – A Poststructural Critique (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Securing Outer Space (London: Routledge, 2009). These writings explore the constitutive interplay of identity and the politics of security, in which she turns to the more interpretative modes of inquiry provided to us by critical social theory and poststructuralism.
Her current research explores questions of trauma, memory and ethics in international relations. She has been asked to speak on topics such as the trade of Nazi memorabilia; the ethics of visiting and teaching about sites of trauma; and the role of the Holocaust in shaping a common European identity. Prof. Bormann’s research interests are reflected in her teaching commitments: she leads the Holocaust Dialogue of Civilizations to Germany and Poland, and offers a graduate course on Comparative Genocides.
Based on her teaching experience, she has been selected as a participant in the competitive Jack and Anita Faculty Hess Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 4-9, 2015, D.C. with financial support from the Museum.
Organizing EUROPEAN EVENTS
Professor Bormann has been working with the German Embassy in D.C. and the German Consulate in Boston to host yearly events on campus pertaining to European/German affairs with financial support from the Germany Embassy and the NEU Humanities Center.
Leading the CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY CLUSTER
From 2012 – 2014, Professor Bormann co-hosted with Dr. Carleton Gholz the Critical Social Theory Cluster with a grant from the Humanities center. The Cluster created and facilitated a vibrant intellectual culture in radical thinking and social critique.