Hi! My name is Stephanie Christine Winkler, and I am a lecturer at the Department for Security, Strategy and Leadership at the Swedish Defense University in Stockholm. I am also affiliated with the Asia Programme of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. I defended my PhD dissertation "Conceptual Politics in Practice: How Soft Power Changed the World" in December 2020. The dissertation has received the prize for the best dissertation in the Social Sciences at Stockholm University defended in 2020. My main research interest lies in International Relations Theory and especially the role of concepts in academic and political life. Empirically, I focus on the international relations of the United States, China and Japan as well as the soft power concept. Currently, I work on two projects, (1) the evolution of US-China relations and the return of the Cold War, and (2) narratives, fake news, post-truth and the struggle for global reality. I have been teaching on both undergraduate and graduate levels on International Relations broadly and East Asia specifically, and am also currently supervising several master students.
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