Mathias Delori

CNRS Research Fellow
Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin

International relations scholar

Mathias Delori (he/him, born in 1978) is a specialist of critical war, peace and security studies.

He is a CNRS associate research professor (chargé de recherche CNRS) at the Centre Emile Durkheim in Bordeaux (France) and the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin (Germany) where he co-chairs a research group on “The State, political norms and political conflicts”. Mathias completed his PhD at Sciences Po Grenoble (France) in 2008 and his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) at Paris 1 Sorbonne in 2020. He was also a research fellow or invited professor at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) in 2008/2009, the Université de Montréal (Canada) in 2009/2010, and the Colorado University in Boulder during the summers 2018, 2019 and 2020 (USA).

Mathias is also a member of the editorial boards of a number of academic book collections and journals including the Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, Cultures et Conflits, Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), and Deutsche-französische Perspektiven in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften.

This website entails, among other things, Mathias’ publications and interviews. Many of them are in French. Those in 🇬🇧 and 🇩🇪 are marked with a flag.


8 minute interview with Gabriela Toledo

Research Interests

The reconciliation between France and Germany

The reconciliation between France and Germany

On September 4th, 2013, French President François Hollande and German President Joachim Gauck visited Oradour-sur-Glane, a French martyr village of the Second World War whose population was massacred by an SS division during the Liberation. During the ceremony, the...

The Global war on terror

The Global war on terror

The Global War on Terror has killed or harmed far more innocent people than "terrorism" over the last twenty years. This observation has led some critical scholars to reverse the mainstream question on political violence. Instead of asking how and why some people...

The epistemology of the social sciences

The epistemology of the social sciences

Like most critical social scientists, Mathias is interested in how to produce scientific knowledge on the social world which would avoid the false promises of positivism. This has led him to investigate two questions: a) The false promises of positivism John Dryzek...


Marc Bloch Centre
Centre Émile Durkheim
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique