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Ben Tonra

Full Professor
School of Politics and International Relations
01 716 8195
University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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BIO

Ben Tonra is Full Professor of International Relations at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. He is also a Jean Monnet Professor ad personam of European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy. UCD he teaches, researches and publishes in European foreign, security and defence policy, Irish foreign and security policy and International Relations theory. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Graduate School at the UCD College of Human Sciences. Outside the university Ben has served as chair of the Royal Irish Academy's Standing Committee on International Affairs and is a co-leader of a research programme in EU security and defence policy at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Dublin. From 1997-1999 he was a Lecturer at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. From 1989-1991 he was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Washington DC. Professor Tonra was born in the United States, is a graduate of the University of Limerick (BA and MA) and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) in 1996.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Director
    UCD Institute for British Irish Studies, UCD Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2017

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Jean Monnet Professor
    University College Dublin, Dublin European Institute1 Sep 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Research Associate
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Americas Programme1 Jun 1989 - 30 Aug 1991

NON-ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Lecturer
    University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Department of International Politics1 Sep 1997 - 30 Aug 1999
  • Research Director
    Institute of European Affairs, Dublin1 Sep 1996 - 30 Aug 1997
  • Lecturer
    Trinity College Dublin, Department of Political Science1 Sep 1993 - 30 Aug 1996

DEGREES

  • BA
    National Institute for Higher Education Limerick1982 - 1986
  • MA
    National Institute for Higher Education Limerick1986 - 1988
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin1991 - 1996

LANGUAGES

  • French
    Can read, speak and understand