Field of Work
The Department of International Relations and European Integration examines the transnationalization of politics and society, i.e. the relations between the representatives of the populations of different states, such as non-governmental organizations (NGO). Empirical studies compare transnational political communication (e.g. concerning wars and humanitarian military interventions or European issues) in the mass media of various European countries and the USA.
Prof. Kantner and her team also focus on Common European Security and Defence Policy, transnational and European identities and processes of institutional change beyond the nation state, for example the reform of international organizations or the EU.
Cathleen Kantner has been professor of international relations and European integration at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Stuttgart since 2010. From 1998 to 2003 she was a research assistant at the Department of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she gained her doctorate in 2002 with a dissertation on the topic “The transnational public sphere and the European Union's capacity for democracy”. She then worked at the Bundeswehr Institute of Social Sciences (Strausberg) as well as spending a period as Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence. Subsequently moving to the Free University of Berlin, Kantner worked as a research assistant from 2005 to 2010 at the Centre for European Integration at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science. In the years 2006/07 and 2009/10 she once again carried out research at the RSCAS Florence as a Marie Curie Fellow. Kantner habilitated in political science at the Free University of Berlin in 2010.