Moritz S. Graefrath

Moritz S. Graefrath

Fields of Study: International Relations, Comparative Politics


Areas of interest: International relations theory, security studies, diplomatic history

Moritz is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a Graduate Fellow with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and a Graduate Fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center. He specializes in international relations. Broadly speaking, his research interests include international relations theory and security studies with a particular focus on Western Europe.

In his dissertation, Moritz plans to develop and test a theory about the role of power vacuums in international politics. Specifically, his project seeks to explain what power vacuums are and under what conditions they cause increases in security competition. Besides his dissertation research, Moritz currently investigates how rare rational thinkers are in international politics through a study of how the British leadership in the 1930s assessed the intentions of Nazi Germany.

He is a recipient of Notre Dame’s University Presidential Fellowship in the Social Sciences. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Moritz received a B.A. (with greatest distinction) in Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.