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Christopher Hill

Senior Adjunct Professor

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Christopher Hill is Senior Adjunct Professor at SAIS Europe. He was the first Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is Emeritus Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. Previously he was the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in POLIS at the University of Cambridge (from 2004 until October 2016) and Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (1991-2004). Hill is the author of many books in the areas of foreign policy analysis and general international relations, including most recently The Future of British Foreign Policy: Security and Diplomacy in a World after Brexit (Polity Press, 2019), International Relations and the European Union (edited with Michael Smith and Sophie Vanhoonacker, Oxford University Press, 2017), and The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Hill’s research focuses on foreign policy analysis and the international politics of Europe (including both the EU’s exter­nal relations and the foreign policies of the Member States), as well as general international relations, theories and practice. He continues to work on the subject of his recent book, that is the relationship between social diversity and international relations, and is extending this into the international politics of migration. His most recent essay attempts to explain why French society has been subject to such an intense wave of terrorism since 2012. 

He is former Chair of the British International Studies Association and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007. He has been an elected Council Member at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and a member of many editorial advisory boards including those of the Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, International Affairsand Critique internationale. He has just taken on the joint editorship, with Professor Christian Lequesne of Sciences Po, Paris, of the European Review of International Studies. He recently received the honor of being made an "Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia."

Hill received both his MA and DPhil from the University of Oxford. He has held visiting positions at the Royal Institute of International Affairs; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Department of Govern­ment at Dartmouth College, the European University Institute, the Università di Catania, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the University of California at San Diego, the Università di Siena, and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
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In the News

What next for British foreign policy in a post-Brexit world?

Christopher Hill wrote in The Guardian, 8/18