Morten Valbjørn: Curriculum Vitae



  • PhD in Political Science, Dept. of Political Science, Aarhus University (2008)
    • PhD-Dissertation: A 'Baedeker' to IR's Cultural Journey before, during and after the Cultural Turn - explorations into the (ir)relevance of cultural diversity, the IR/Area Studies Nexus and politics in an (un)exceptional Middle East
  • M.Sc. in Political Science., Dept. of Political Science, Aarhus University (2000);
  • Supplementary Degree in Middle East Studies, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark (1998);
  • Arab Propaedeutic, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark, (2000-1).


Research Project Management & Grants

Research Project Management & Grants

PI of Research project ‘TOI: Bringing in the Other Islamists - comparing Arab Shia and Sunni Islamism(s) in a sectarianized Middle East’, Project II Research Grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD) (DKK 5.3 mio./790000 USD). (

PI of Research project ‘SWAR – Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts’, Project II Research Grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD) (DKK 3.3 mio./490000 USD). SWAR website: with list of activities and publications.

Carlsberg Foundation Monograph Fellowship (2022) for project ‘Rethinking Islamisms: The transformation of Islamist scenes in a new Middle East’ (DKK 772.228 mio/126.000 USD).

Danish Institute in Damascus Grant (DKK 100.000) for the research pilot project "Comparing Shia and Sunni geographies of ‘everyday Islamistness’ in Greater Beirut" in cooperation with Jeroen Gunning, Dima Smaira and Raphael Lefevre (2021-23).

Grants for workshops and conferences from the Carlsberg Foundation (2013, 2014, 2019); The Danish Institute in Damascus (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020); Arab Council for Social Science (2018, with Waleed Hazbun), The Globa­li­zation Program at the Faculty of Social Science, AU (2008-11, Postdoc-scholarship), COPRI (2002).

Member of Steering Committee of POMEPS: The Project on Middle East Political Science, ( George Washington University (2017- )

Member of advisory board for research project SEPAD: Sectarianism, Proxies and De-Sectarianisation (2018 - ) ( (funded by Carnegie Foundation).

Member of advisory board of Research Project ‘Modern Muslim Subjectivities Project’ directed by Prof. Dietrich Jung (University of Southern Denmark) (2013-18)

Professional Services

  • Member of PhD Selection Committee (evaluating PhD research proposals), Department of Political Science, Aarhus University (2012-2019).

  • Member of Board of FIFO: Forum for Research on Islam, Denmark (2009-11).
  • Head of the IR section, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University (2015-2018).
  • Scientific Journal management: Politica (editorial team, 2013-2016), Mediterranean Politics (Editorial advisory board, 2013-2016), Cooperation & Conflict (review editor, 2003-2005), Mellemøstinformation (editor, 2000-2002).
  • Advisor to the Danish Foreign Ministry regarding the Danish-Arab Dialogue Initiative (2008-2011), member of expert monitoring group in relation to the Danish Defence Agreement (2020-22)
  • External examiner at Centre for Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark; Political Science at Copenhagen University and University of Southern Denmark.
  • Reviewer for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) og Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO; POMEPS TRE Grants.
  • Manuscript referee: Journal articles: Review of Inter­national Studies, Security Studies; Cooperation & Conflict, JOP, International Political Science Review; Alternatives, International Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Spectators, British Journal of Middle East Studies, Security Dialogue, TEMP, international Spectator, Mediterranean Politics; Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook, Political Studies Review; Dansk Sociologi, Critical Studies on Security, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics; Journal of Arabian Studies, Alternatives, Democratization, Government & Opposition, Contexto Internacional, The Distinction, Partecipazione e conflitto Babylon; International Relations, Politologiske Studier, Tidsskriftet Politik. Book manuscripts: Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press, Manchester University Press, Hurst Press; Palgrave; Routledge; I.B. Tauris; Oxford University Press; DJØFs Forlag, Gyldendal.