Francois Debrix will head up the graduate program in ASPECT

FRANÇOIS DEBRIX

François Debrix

Professor and Director of ASPECT

Office

202 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

540-231-0694

Email

Department Membership

Political Science

Expertise

  • Social and Political Theory
  • International Relations Theory 
  • Critical Geopolitics 
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Biopolitics

Professional Activities

  • 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

Education

  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • M.A. Purdue University
  • B.A. University of Strasbourg
  • B.A. University of Haute Normandie

Awards and Honors

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.

Selected Publications

Books

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).

Edited Books

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

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

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.