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Sebastian Schindler

Dr. Sebastian Schindler

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Sebastian Schindler is Assistant Professor at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science at LMU Munich. The main focus of his research is on the relationship between theory and practice and on the problem of post-truth politics. His more general research interests include theories of International Relations, international organizations, theories of practice, and critical theories. In the summer term 2020, he is Researcher in Residence at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies.


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science
Chair of Global Governance and Public Policy
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich

Room: H 102
Phone: 08921809053

Office hours:
On appointment.

Further Information

Sebastian Schindler studied political science, history, philosophy, and sociology in Munich, Paris, and Minneapolis, and received his doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) from Goethe University Frankfurt with a thesis on the relationship between explanation and allegation. He won the F.S. Northedge Essay Competition of the journal Millennium in 2014, and has published articles in other leading journals in his field, including International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, and Politische Vierteljahresschrift. He is the author of an introductory study on Clausewitz, Clausewitz zur Einführung (Hamburg: Junius, 2020), and has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of International Relations and Development on “Rethinking Agency in International Relations” (2019) and an anthology on Theory as Ideology in International Relations (London: Routledge, 2020). Recently an article on “The Task of Critique in Times of Post-Truth Politics” appeared in the Review of International Studies.

Before his appointment at LMU, Sebastian Schindler worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” in Frankfurt am Main and as a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). From 2016 to 2018, he was speaker of the Young Researchers’ Group in the International Relations section of the German Political Science Association. He has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Sussex (UK), Groningen (Netherlands), and Minnesota (USA) and at Berlin Social Science Center. He acquired practical experience during extended internships at the UN World Food Programme in Swaziland, the French National Assembly, and the German Permanent Mission to the international organizations in Rome. As a graduate student, he was a staff member of the National Model United Nations (NMUN) project in New York and editorial assistant of the German IR journal Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB).


In his habilitation project (‘second book’), Sebastian Schindler grapples with the task of critique in times of post-truth politics. We are currently experiencing a proliferation of pseudo-critical attitudes which claim that behind any and all claims to factual truth are power and interests. An adequate understanding of this development can help us to address three more general questions: (1) What is the present crisis of politics about? (2) Why has it emerged? (3) How should we respond to it? It may be that post-truth politics is not in the first instance a function of social media or postmodernity or specific political or economic interests, but is instead an expression of the loss of political experience of acting together at a time of unleashed competition.




Schindler, Sebastian (2020). Clausewitz zur Einführung, Hamburg: Junius.


Edited volume & special issue

Martill, Benjamin and Sebastian Schindler (eds., 2020). Theory as Ideology in International Relations: The Politics of Knowledge, London: Routledge.

Braun, Benjamin, Sebastian Schindler and Tobias Wille (eds., 2019). “Rethinking Agency in International Relations”, Journal of International Relations and Development, volume 22.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Schindler, Sebastian (2020). “The Task of Critique in Times of Post-Truth Politics”, Review of International Studies, 46(3), 376-394.

Schindler, Sebastian, and Tobias Wille (2019). “How can we criticize international practices?”, International Studies Quarterly, 63(4), 1014–1024.

Braun, Benjamin, Sebastian Schindler, and Tobias Wille (2019). “Rethinking Agency in International Relations: Performativity, Performances, and Actor-Networks”, Journal of International Relations and Development, 22, 787–807.

Brichzin, Jenni, and Sebastian Schindler (2018). „Warum es ein Problem ist, immer ‚hinter‘ die Dinge blicken zu wollen: Wege politischer Erkenntnis jenseits des verschwörungstheoretischen Verdachts“, Leviathan – Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft, 46(4), 575–602.

Schindler, Sebastian, and Tobias Wille (2015). “Change in and through Practice: Pierre Bourdieu, Vincent Pouliot, and the End of the Cold War”, International Theory, 7(2), 330–59.

Schindler, Sebastian (2014). “Man versus State: Contested Agency in the United Nations”, Millennium – Journal of International Studies, 43(1), 3–23 (F.S. Northedge Essay).

Schindler, Sebastian (2014). “The Morality of Bureaucratic Politics: Allegations of ‘Spoiling’ in a UN Inter-Agency War”, Journal of International Organizations Studies, 5(1), 59–70.

Schindler, Sebastian (2012). „Macht oder Moral – das ist die falsche Frage. Eine Untersuchung des Legitimitätskonflikts in den Welternährungsorganisationen“, Leviathan – Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft, 40(SB 27), 135–150.

Schindler, Sebastian, and Christopher Daase (2009). „Clausewitz, Guerillakrieg und Terrorismus. Zur Aktualität einer missverstandenen Kriegstheorie“, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 50(4), 701–731.


Book chapters

Martill, Benjamin, and Sebastian Schindler (2020). “Introduction: Theory as Ideology in International Relations”. Theory as Ideology in International Relations: The Politics of Knowledge, edited by Benjamin Martill and Sebastian Schindler, London: Routledge.

Schindler, Sebastian (2020). “Microanalysis as Ideology Critique”. Theory as Ideology in International Relations: The Politics of Knowledge, edited by Benjamin Martill and Sebastian Schindler, London: Routledge.

Schindler, Sebastian (2019). “Trump und das Post-Faktische: Die tieferen Ursachen eines nur scheinbar skeptischen Umgangs mit der Wahrheit“, Angriff auf die liberale Weltordnung: U.S. Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik unter Trump, edited by Christopher Daase and Stefan Kroll, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 59–76.

Schindler, Sebastian (2018). “What is Wrong with the United Nations? Cynicism and the Translation of Facts”, World Politics in Translation, edited by Tobias Berger and Alejandro Esguerra, London: Routledge, 95–113.

Schindler, Sebastian (2013). „Widerstand am Ort der Macht – Zwei UN-Exekutivchefs als Widerstandskämpfer“, Macht und Widerstand in der globalen Politik, edited by Julian Junk and Christian Volk, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 90–105. https://doi-org/10.5771/9783845245478-89 


Other Publications

Schindler, Sebastian (2020). "Corona and Conspiracy: Post-Truth Politics Revisited", Duck of Minverva, May 13, 2020.

Schindler, Sebastian (2020). "Kontaktverzicht als Risiko und als Chance",; 20.3.2020.

Schindler, Sebastian (2018). "The Crisis of Global Politics: Lessons from Hannah Arendt". The Crisis of Global Politics: Perspectives from Continental Philosophy: An LSE Ideas Report, edited by Benjamin Martill and Lauren Kahn, 9–10.

Schindler, Sebastian (2017). "Lachen oder Weinen? Beobachtungen zum ersten Fernsehinterview von Präsident Trump", Sicherheitspolitik-Blog, February 9, 2017.

Schindler, Sebastian (2014). "Ingram, James", IO BIO – Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations, April 22, 2014.