Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Dr. Patrick A. Mello

+49 (0) 361/737-4660
House 39/ Room 0206
Office Hours:
 Tuesdays 11-12 hrs (by 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. 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.

He is an Executive Committee member of the Foreign Policy Section of the International Studies Association (ISA), Editorial Board member of Foreign Policy Analysis and Contemporary Security Policy, an Advisory Board member of the scientific network “Comparative Methods for Systematic Cross-Case Analysis” (, and Co-Speaker of the Foreign and Security Policy Group of the German Political Science Association (DVPW).

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.

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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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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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The British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPIR) has published a Special Issue, guest edited by Patrick A. Mello and Dirk Peters (PRIF): “Parliaments in Security Policy:...

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