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Dr Hartmut Mayer

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Dr Hartmut Mayer

  • Fellow and Tutor in Politics and International Relations

Hartmut has been teaching politics and international relations at St Peter's College, University of Oxford, since 1998. In addition to his Tutorial Fellowship at St. Peter's College, he is currently the Executive Director of the EUROPAEUM, a network of 19 leading European Universities as well as Adjunct-Professor in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Bologna. Between 2017 and 2022 he was the Director of the European Studies Centre (St Antony’s College, Oxford). 

Hartmut studied history, politics, drama and international relations in Germany, the United States, the UK and Italy. He holds academic qualifications from the Free University of Berlin (Zwischenpruefung), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (MALD), Cambridge University (MPhil from Gonville and Caius College) and Oxford University (DPhil from St Antony's College and an MA by Resolution). Throughout his tenure at Oxford, he held visiting Professorships at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2010), the University of Hamburg and the GIGA German Institute of Global and Areas Studies (2011 –2014), Sciences Po in Paris (OXPO Visiting Professor 2014) and ULB Brussels (Wiener-Ansprach-Scholar in 2014). Previously, he also held a 10-month Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship at Waseda University (2006-7) and was Visiting Researcher at the Stiftung Wissenschaft and Politik (SWP) in Berlin and the Finnish Institute for International Affairs (UPI) in Helsinki. During his D.Phil.at Oxford University, he was a 6-month Visiting Doctoral Student at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. 

Prior to his academic career, Hartmut worked as a freelance journalist in Germany for more than ten years, among others with North German Radio, SAT1, the German Press Agency in New York and as a politics writer with Sueddeutsche Zeitung and DIE ZEIT. Hartmut also remains a keen footballer.


Within the PPE and MHP programmes, Hartmut contributes to the first-year politics prelims course and offers three International Relations courses (IR 212, 213 and 214) as well as the Politics of the European Union option. During his time at St Peter's, he has held several college offices, including stints as Tutor for Undergraduates (2007-2010) and Tutor for Visiting Students (2008 - 2012).

Within Oxford University, he is a Member of the Department of Politics and International Relations. He also served on various boards, among them the Academic Steering Committee of the Europaeum, the Advisory Board of the European Studies Centre at St Antony's College and the Board of the Oxford University Society (the Oxford alumni association). He is currently the Social Sciences Representative on the Board of the Institute for European and Comparative Law in the Law Faculty of Oxford University.


His main academic interests are general international relations, diplomatic history, German and EU politics, international relations theory, EU-Asia (in particular Japan), European responses to Rising Powers and Comparative Regionalism. His main publications include three books: one on EU External Relations, Hartmut Mayer and Henri Vogt, A Responsible Europe? Ethical Foundations of EU External Affairs (2006); one on German-British Relations, Hartmut Mayer and Thomas Bernd Stehling, German-British Relations and 'the Spirit of Cadenabbia', (2005) and most recently a book on EU and Japan, Hartmut Mayer with Paul Bacon and Hidetoshi Nakamura, The European Union and Japan: A New Chapter in Civilian Power Cooperation? (2015).

In addition, he has written many book chapters and journal articles published in, to name a few, International Affairs, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Integration History, and the South African Journal of International Affairs.

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