Teaching and Supervision

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Transnational Advocacy
  • International Organizations

Nina Hall currently teaches a graduate course in Theories of International Relations at SAIS. She covers key concepts in international relations including: power, hegemony, anarchy, norms and networks. Students learn and debate the merits of a wide range of theoretical perspectives – from realism to feminism, neo-liberalism to green theory. The class engages with contemporary debates such as: Should we foster a non-Western approach to IR?

Nina also teaches a graduate elective class on transnational advocacy. Students examine different types of advocacy – from lobbying to people powered campaigns, from agenda-setting to rapid response and digital campaigning. They read academic scholarship on advocacy alongside texts produced by and/or for practitioners. The course explores current theoretical debates (what results in norm change? And why do activists go transnational?) as well as the practitioner side (how can we evaluate advocacy campaigns? And what drives someone to become an activist?).

Nina Hall has previously taught classes on international organizations. Students in this course explored why and how states create and use international institutions, and examine real-world examples of decision-making in multilaterals. They were required to brief the head of the World Food Programme on how to deal with the world food crisis, and write an op-ed on how to reform the selection process for the UN Secretary General.

Nina has also supervised over a dozen Masters theses on a range of topics including European migration policy, global environmental politics and LGBT advocacy. She works closely with students to develop their research. She has co-authored a peer-reviewed article with two former Masters students; Lisa Schmid, Alex Reitzenstein and Nina Hall “Blessing or a Curse? The Effects of Earmarked Funding in UNICEF and UNDP”. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organization, 27 (3), 2021.