François Debrix

François Debrix, Professor and Director of ASPECT

François Debrix, Professor and Director of ASPECT
Francois Debrix will head up the graduate program in ASPECT

Department of Political Science
202 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

François Debrix is Professor and Director of ASPECT in the Department of Political Science.

  • Social and Political Theory
  • International Relations Theory 
  • Critical Geopolitics 
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Biopolitics
  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • M.A. Purdue University
  • B.A. University of Strasbourg
  • B.A. University of Haute Normandie
  • Director, Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT), Virginia Tech
  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Association for Political Theory
  • Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series Fund award, Office of the Provost (Virginia Tech), Fall 2014-Spring 2015.
  • US National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Protecting Human Research Participants” Certificate, Summer 2008. 
  • Recipient of the Great Seal of Florida International University Award from the International Relations Undergraduate Association, Summer 2000.


Necro-Geopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations, edited with Caroline Alphin (Routledge, forthcoming 2019).

Global Powers of Horror: Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces (Routledge, 2017).

Beyond Biopolitics: Theory, Violence, and Horror (Routledge, 2011; paperback edition 2012).

Tabloid Terror: War, Culture and Geopolitics (Routledge, 2008).

The Geopolitics of American Insecurity: Terror, Power, and Foreign Policy, edited with Mark Lacy (Routledge, 2009).

Journal Articles

“The Viral Mediation of Terror: ISIS, Image, Implosion” (co-authored with Ryan Artrip), Critical Studies in Media Communication, Vol. 35, No. 1 (2018), pp. 74-88.

“Horror beyond Death: Geopolitics and the Pulverization of the Human,” New Formations, Issue 89-90 (2017), pp. 85-100.

“Topologies of Vulnerability and the Proliferation of Camp Life,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 33, No. 3 (2015), pp. 444-459.

“Katechontic Sovereignty: Security Politics and the Overcoming of Time,” International Political Sociology, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2015), pp. 143-157.

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