Sr. Lecturer in International Relations
University of Exeter
I am Senior Lecturer in International Relations (IR) and co-director the Center for Advanced International Studies (CAIS) at the University of Exeter. My research interests focus especially on the role of ideology, religions, and civilizational identities in foreign policy and international order. I have a further overarching interest in the theory, sociology, and pedagogy of IR. I am the co-editor of the Routledge book series Identity, Ideology, and Worldviews in Global Politics and editorial board member of Aspenia, Aspen Institute Italy’s journal of international affairs.
My first book Finding Faith in Foreign Policy: Religion and American Diplomacy in a Postsecular World (Oxford University Press: 2019), explored how US foreign policymakers have increasingly sought to understand and manage global religious dynamics since the end of the Cold War. The monograph was awarded three honorable book prize mentions, two from the International Studies Association (2021 and 2020) and one from the European Academy of Religion (2019).
I am currently working on a second book project developing a theory of state power through religion in international relations. In a separate set of papers, I am focusing on the challenges posed by illiberal ideologies and forces, including authoritarian rising powers and populists in the West, to the liberal international order. More broadly, I am also developing a novel research agenda on the changing character of international order. Finally, in a number of articles, blog posts, and forums I have contributed to ongoing theoretical, sociological and pedagogical debates about the discipline of IR.
Studies, Fellowships and Professional Experience
Previously to joining Exeter, I was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014) at the European University Institute (EUI). I obtained my PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012, funded by the LSE IDEAS Stonex Scholarship. I held Visiting Fellowships at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in 2011 and 2017. In a past, pre-PhD life, I also worked for the World Bank and the UNHCR.
International Studies Review, 2023. Discourses and practices reproducing a world where a plurality of distinct civilizations clash or dialogue, rise or fall, color multiple facets of global politics today. How should we interpret this unexpected surge in...
In Jonathan Leader Maynard and Mark L. Haas (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Ideology and International Relations (London: Routledge), 2022. This chapter starts by questioning the common perspective across multiple traditions that equate and reduce religion to...
Invited Talk: New Approaches to Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Domestic-External Nexus. Harvard Divinity School, February 24-25, 2022
On February 24-25th, a convening of Religion and Public Life and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University will bring together a small group of scholars and activists to assess the normative frameworks that shape how U.S. foreign policy thinks about the role of religion in world affairs.
Although the role of religion in foreign policy and global politics is subject to increasing scholarly attention – a theme that Bettiza explored in his first monograph – the relationship between the sacred and state power in international relations remains under-theorized.
Bettiza is developing a second research agenda that connects his interests in religion and civilizations, to wider debates about ideology, illiberalism, and the changing character of international order.
Bettiza has a longstanding interest in the sociology, theory, and pedagogy of IR. In two co-authored journal articles with Stephane Baele they interrogate the “turns phenomenon” in the discipline and “what metrics do” to academics.
University of Exeter | Master | 2014-Present
University of Exeter | Undergraduate | 2022-Present
University of Exeter | Undergraduate | 2014-Present