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Mary B. Manjikian, Ph.D.
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Mary B. Manjikian, Ph.D.


Dr. Mary Manjikian is a professor in the Robertson School of Government. She has taught courses in comparative politics, international relations theory, national security affairs, terrorism, politics and the media, and environmental politics.

She has served as a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary and at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk. A former foreign service officer, Manjikian has also served as assistant press attache in The Hague, Netherlands; assistant cultural attache for educational affairs in Moscow, Russia; and press attache in Sofia, Bulgaria. She taught abroad at International University in Sofia, Bulgaria, and guest lectured at the American University of Bulgaria and at Sofia University. She has also served as director for international programs at the international nonprofit, The Center for Excellence in Education, and was appointed as a short-term scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

She received a B.A. in Russian from Wellesley College, an M. Phil. from Oxford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan where she was a Rackham fellow. Her work has been published in Alternatives, Europe-Asia Studies, Millennium and International Studies Quarterly, as well as Beacham's Encyclopedia of Terrorism.

Manjikian published two books in 2012: Threat Talk: Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction and Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End. Her third book, Barring the Door: The securitization of Property Squatting in Western Europe, was published in 2013. Also in 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Durham University, UK, working at the Institute for Advanced Study. Her project there focused on "the timeless discourse of plague and pandemic."

A resident of Chesapeake, Virginia, Manjikian and her husband have three children.

Fields of Expertise:

  • International Relations Theory
  • Cyberpolitics
  • Russia and Eastern Europe


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.A., Ph.D. in Political Science

St. Antony's College, Oxford University, M.Phil. in Russian and East European Area Studies

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, B.A. Cum Laude in Russian



Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End. 2012. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Threat Talk: Comparing the Discourse of Internet Addiction and User Protection in China and the United States. 2012. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishers.

The Securitization of Property Squatting in Western Europe. 2013. New York: Routledge.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

"We Don't Profit from Disaster: Monopolists after the Apocalypse "in Michael Dellwing and Martin Harbusch, eds. Vergemeinschaftung in Zeiten der Zombie- Apokalypse: Gesellschaftskonstruktionen am fantastischen Anderen (Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2014).

"The Politics of Dirt," in Mark Salter, ed., Making Things International (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). "The Ethics of Preemptive War." Ethics of Warfare, ed. Eric Patterson (Ashgate: 2014).

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

"Diagnosis, Intervention and Cure: The Illness Narrative on the Discourse of the Failed State." 2008 Alternatives: Global, Local, and International 33(3).

"From Global Village to Virtual Battlespace: the Colonizing of the Internet and the Extension of Realpolitik." December 2010. International Studies Quarterly

"Becoming Unmanned: The Gendering of Lethal Autonomous Warfare Technology." June 2014. International Feminist Journal of Politics 16(2).

"Positivism, Post-Positivism and Intelligence Analysis." June 2013. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

"Reading Lolita at Langley: The Unreliable Narrator as a Device for Improving Intelligence Collection." 2014.

(forthcoming), Intelligence and National Security Book Reviews: The Future of Journalism in the Advanced Democracies by Peter J. Anderson and Geoff Ward (Eds.). 2008. Political Studies Review 6 (1): 130.

"International Policing and State Sovereignty: A New Methodological Approach." 2008. International Studies Review 10(3): 652-4.

"Integrating vs. Interrogating Gender: Two Different Approaches to Confronting Masculinist Political Institutions." 2009. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 38 (3).

"Russia's Foreign Policy towards the West: Comparing Constructivist and Realist Explanations." 2009. Europe-Asia Studies 43(2).

Review of Gregory Treverton, "Intelligence for an Age of Terror." 2009. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Nov —Dec 2009).

Review of Ann Keller, "Science in Environmental Policymaking: The Politics of Objective Advice." 2010. Global Environmental Politics 10(2).

Review of Peter Goodwin Heltzel, "Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race and American Politics." December 2010. Religious Studies Review


"Lessons from a Foreclosure." Virginian-Pilot. September 27, 2009. P. B11

"Lessons from Europe: Stay Home if you're Sick." Virginian-Pilot. (Hampton Roads, VA: November 9, 2009).

"Enhanced Security or Harassment: What's the Difference?" Press-Enterprise. (Bloomsburg, PA: January 17, 2010).

Town Talk (Alexandria, LA: January 14, 2010); Brownsville Gazette. (Brownsville, TX: January 21, 2010); Nashville Tennessean (Nashville, TN: January 26, 2010).

"Terrorism is a Symptom, Not a Disease." Buffalo News. (Buffalo, NY: January 29, 2010).

"Some Values are Always In." Philadelphia Inquirer. (Philadelphia, PA: February 19, 2010.)

"In Praise of Women Who Don't Know Their Place." Chronicle of Higher Education. (July 4, 2010).

"Three Certainties in Life: Death, taxes and Protests." Brownsville Herald. (Brownsville, TX: May 2, 2010).

"Tiger Mother Isn't about Parenting. It's about Declining American Exceptionalism." Christian Science Monitor. January 25, 2011.

"Sovereign is he who Decides the Exception," Washington Times. March 19, 2013.

"Why We Fear MOOC's." Chronicle of Higher Education. June 14, 2013.

"When Government Tells Professors What Not to Teach," Chronicle of Higher Education. February 3, 2014.

"The Evil Empire is Back" and So is My Career." Chronicle of Higher Education. March 9, 2014.


American Political Science Association

International Studies Association

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

Conference on Armed Forces and Society


Regent's Fellowship, University of Michigan

Short Term Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Nagel Institute, Professional Development Program on Religion in China

Fulbright Research Scholar, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, Great Britain

Chancellor's Award, Regent University.