Ph.D. International Relations, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
M.A. Geography, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
B.A. Geography, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
Luis da Vinha is Associate Professor of Geography of Political Science. He received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). His teaching and research interests are in International Relations, Comparative Politics, International Security and Development, US Foreign Policy, American Government and Politics, and Political Geography. His research has been published with Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Policy History, European Journal of Geography, and the Portuguese Journal of Political Science, among others. His book Geographic Mental Maps and Foreign Policy Change: Re-mapping the Carter Doctrine analyzes how the Carter Administration’s Middle East policy changed throughout its time in office, by specifically focusing on the dynamic nature of the Administration’s decision-making process. In contrast to much work that has emphasized the stability of foreign policy, the book demonstrates that policy change resulting from improvisation and adaptation is much more common than assumed by traditional theories.
Luis is a member of the Grupo de Estudos Avançados sobre Paz e Conflitos Internacionais (Brazil) and CEGOT (Portugal). Prior to joining VCSU, he lived in Europe for two decades where taught at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and the Higher Institute of Educational Sciences (Portugal) and worked in the field of planning and development. Luis was also active in politics, namely as a party and publicly-elected official.