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About Dr John Wolfe Ackerman

Dr Ackerman is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations and has been at NU London since 2019. He is a specialist in modern and contemporary political theory. Dr Ackerman received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and also holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a BA in Art History from Williams College.


Dr John Wolfe Ackerman's Research

Dr Ackerman’s main research project at present involves an effort in re-historicising Hannah Arendt’s political thought – reading it back into the German and German-Jewish intellectual and political contexts out of which it emerged in order to generate new critical understandings of the arguments advanced throughout Arendt’s writings and their implications for contemporary political theory.


Dr John Wolfe Ackerman's Teaching

At NU London, Dr Ackerman is or has been Course Leader for Old Powers, New Powers: Imperialism, Colonialism and the Modern State; Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs; Political Ideologies; Modern Political Thought; and the undergraduate Politics Dissertation.


Dr Ackerman also contributes to teaching on the courses Green Political Thought (UG/PG); Global Politics in a Digital Age (PG); Research Methods (PG); International Relations: Theory and Practice; Security Studies; and the PPE summer school course on Sustainability, Technology and the Future.

Before coming to NU London, Dr Ackerman had taught previously at the University of Kent, the TU Dresden (Germany), and Northwestern University.”