François Debrix

François Debrix, Professor and Director of ASPECT

François Debrix, Professor and Director of ASPECT
François Debrix, Professor and Director of ASPECT

Department of Political Science
202 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-0694 | fdebrix@vt.edu

Professor Debrix's teaching and research interests are in the areas of social and political theory, international relations theory, critical geopolitics, and the media and popular culture. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Professor Debrix was in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University. Professor Debrix is the author of Global Powers of Horror: Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces (Routledge, 2017); Beyond Biopolitics: Theory, Violence, and Horror in World Politics (Routledge, 2011; co-authored with Alex Barder); Tabloid Terror (Routledge, 2008); and Re-Envisioning Peacekeeping: The United Nations and the Mobilization of Ideology (University of Minnesota Press, 1999). He is also the editor or co-editor of Rituals of Mediation (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Language, Agency, and Politics in a Constructed World (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), and The Geopolitics of American Insecurity (Routledge, 2009). His research has been published in various journals, including New Formations, Alternatives, International Political Sociology, Millennium, Telos, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Third World Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Political Geography, Society and Space, New Political Science, and SPECTRA. His latest book, edited with Caroline Alphin, is Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations (Routledge, 2020).

  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Biopolitics/Necropolitics
  • Critical International Relations Theory
  • Critical Geopolitics
  • Critical Approaches to Neoliberalism
  • Critical World Order Studies
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Purdue University, 1997.
  • M.A. in Political Science, Purdue University, May 1993.
  • Diplome de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po.)/ B.A. in International Law, Political Science, and Diplomatic History, University of Strasbourg, France, 1991.
  • B.A. in Spanish and English. University of Haute Normandie, Rouen, France, 1988.

Administrative Positions:

  • Director, ASPECT Program, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. July 2011-
  • Associate Chair, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University, Miami, FL. January 2009-May 2011 (Interim Chair, Summer 2009, and Summer 2010).
  • Director, Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University, Miami, FL. 2008-2009; Department of International Relations, FIU. 2005-2008.

Academic Positions:

  • Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. July 2011-
  • Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Florida International University, Miami, FL. June 2004-June 2011.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Florida International University, Miami, FL. 1998-2004.
  • Imnstructor, Department of Political Science, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. 1997-1998.
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Books

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

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

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

Re-Envisioning Peacekeeping: The United Nations and the Mobilization of Ideology (Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 1999).

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.

“The Digital Fog of War: Baudrillard and the Violence of Representation” (co-authored with Ryan Artrip), International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2014), no pages available (online journal).

“The Subject of Governance,” SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal, Vol. 2. No. 2 (2013), no pages available (online journal).

“Reading Daniel Deudney’s Bounding Power” (co-authored with Mat Coleman, John Agnew, Alexander Murphy, and Daniel Deudney), Political Geography, Vol. 31, No. 6 (2012), pp. 389-398.

“Agonal Sovereignty: Rethinking War and Politics with Schmitt, Arendt, and Foucault” (co-authored with Alex Barder), Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 37, No. 7 (2011), pp. 775-793.

“We Other IR Foucaultians,” International Political Sociology, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2010), pp. 197-199.

Edited Books

Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations, edited with Caroline Alphin (New York: Routledge, 2020).

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

Language, Agency, and Politics in a Constructed World (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 2003).

Rituals of Mediation: International Politics and Social Meaning, edited with Cynthia Weber (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003).

Book Chapters

“Introduction: Necrogeopolitics and Death-Making” (co-authored with Caroline Alphin), in Caroline Alphin and François Debrix (eds), Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations (New York: Routledge, 2020), pp. 1-14.

“Confronting Horror: International Relations beyond Humanity,” in Jenny Edkins (ed), Handbook of Critical International Relations (London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 77-87.

“Dealing with Disastrous Life,” in Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Wiebe (eds), Biopolitical Disaster (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 257-263.

“The Centrality of Tabloid Geopolitics: Western Discourses of Terror and the Violent Defacing of the Other,” in Scott Nelson and Nevzat Soguk (eds), The Ashgate Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations (London: Ashgate, 2016), pp. 129-148.

“Falling Bodies: Confronting the Iconography of Terror,” in Priya Dixit and Jacob L. Stump (eds), Critical Methods in Terrorism Studies (New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 177-188.

“Bordering Violence? Natality and Alterity in Hannah Arendt’s Thought,” (co-authored with Alex Barder), in Max Stephenson and Laura Zanotti (eds), Building Walls and Dissolving Borders: The Challenges of Alterity, Community, and Securitizing Space (London: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 17-34.

“The Virtual Nomos?” in Stephen Legg (ed), Sovereignty, Spatiality, and Carl Schmitt: Geographies of the Nomos (London: Routledge, 2011), pp. 220-26.

“Jean Baudrillard,” in Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams (eds), Critical Theorists and International Relations (New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 54-65.

Essays

“Making Sense of Resilient Life at the International Center of Photography Museum in New York City,” SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2018) (no pages available, online journal).

“Celebrity Humanitarianism and Its Critics,” SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 2016) (no pages available, online journal).

Interviews

“International Intersections: An Interview with François Debrix,” by journal editors Kris Coffield and Midori Hirai, Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events, Vol. 1, No. 1 (May 2013) (www.interstitialjournal.com).

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