Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Dr. Patrick A. Mello

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House 39/ Room 0206
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Monday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM  (please make an appointment)   

Patrick A. Mello is Interim Professor for Public Policy at the Brandt School, currently covering for the Franz Haniel Professorship for Public Policy. He is also a Research and Teaching Associate at the Chair of European and Global Governance at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich (currently on leave). He received his PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University Berlin and held a Post-Doc position at the Technical University of Dresden from 2012 to 2016.

His substantive research focuses on foreign policy analysis and international security with an emphasis on the domestic sources of foreign policy and democratic conflict behavior. He also works on comparative and qualitative research methods, especially fuzzy-set QCA on which he has taught courses at the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques and the Swiss Social Science Methods Summer School. He is the author of Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan), which received the dissertation award from the German Political Science Association (DVPW) in 2015. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of International Relations and Development, Security and Peace, West European Politics, and elsewhere.

Dr. Mello is an Editorial Board member of Foreign Policy Analysis (Oxford University Press) and Contemporary Security Policy (Taylor & Francis). He is also an Advisory Board member of the scientific network of QCA experts "Comparative Methods for Systematic Cross-Case Analysis" (, and Co-Speaker of the Foreign and Security Policy Groups of the German Political Science Association (DVPW).  During the 2017 - 2018 term he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Foreign Policy Section of the International Studies Association (ISA).

Recently, he has co-edited a Special Issue on “Parliaments in Security Policy” (with Dirk Peters) for the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. The contributions originate from a workshop funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung) and supported by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and the Bavarian School of Public Policy.

He is further involved in the research project “International Bureaucracies as ‘Runaway Agents’? How Organizational Structure Affects Agency Slack” (Principal Investigator Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt) funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), 2018-2021.

For CV and publications, please visit the personal website:

Courses taught at the Brandt School

  • Introduction to Public Policy (WS 17/18)

  • Research and Writing for Public Policy-Workshop (WS 17/18)

  • Specialization Module: International Affairs, Cooperation and Development: Democracy and International Security (WS 17/18)

  • Project Group: Media and Responses to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (with Richard Stupart) (WS 17/18)

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06.07.18 In his farewell guest lecture titled “The United Nations – how it reacts to the challenges of our increasingly complex world”, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations...

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Interim Franz Haniel Professor Patrick A. Mello took part in the 43rd Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) at the University of Bath in the United...

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From 6-9 June 2018, Interim Franz Haniel Professor Patrick A. Mello attended the 5th EISA European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) at the University of Groningen in the...

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Interim Franz Haniel Professor Patrick A. Mello participated in an interdisciplinary conference on role theory and German foreign policy at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt....

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Interim Franz Haniel Professor Patrick A. Mello had five program appearances at the 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in San Francisco, USA. He...

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