University of Tartu, BA
Western Washington University, MSc
Syracuse University, 1999, PhD


I am a political geographer whose work blends the study of geopolitics, policy, and transnationalism to investigate knowledge and power in national and transnational policy-making processes. Put simply, I examine how policy-making institutions, such as government agencies, international organizations, or civil society groups, know what they know, how they have come to know what they know, and how they persuade themselves and others that this is so. Empirically, my research examines transnational regulatory and diplomatic practices in contemporary Europe, but this empirical focus undergirds a broader interest in knowledge and power, structure and agency, in bureaucratic and policy-making settings. I have also worked on, and remain interested in, political identity, subject-formation, and center-periphery relations, especially in contemporary Europe. Further information is available on my personal website.


KUUS, M. 2015 ‘Transnational Bureaucracies: How Do We Know What They Know?’ Progress in Human Geography  DOI 10.1177/0309132514535285

KUUS, M. 2015 ‘Response: Studying Evaporative Things’, in Bachmann, V. ed. ‘Bureaucratic Fields and the Brussels Machinery: Reading Merje Kuus’ Geopolitics and Expertise‘ (review forum with J. Dittmer, S. Marston, A. Murphy, and A-L. Amilhat Szary), Political Geography 44 (Jan), 26-28



KUUS, M. 2014 Geopolitics and Expertise: Knowledge and Authority in European Diplomacy (London: Wiley Blackwell)



KUUS, M. 2013 ‘Places of Lower Rank: Margins in Conversations’ Political Geography 37 (November), 30-32

KUUS, M. 2013 ‘Foreign Policy and Ethnography: A Sceptical Intervention’ Geopolitics 18(1), 115-131



KUUS, M. 2011 ‘Bureaucracy and Place: Expertise in the European Quarter’ Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs 4, 421-439

KUUS, M. 2011 ‘Policy and Geopolitics: Bounding Europe in EUrope’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(5), 1140-1155

KUUS, M. 2011 ‘Whose Regional Expertise?: Political Geographies of Knowledge in the European Bureaucracy’ European Urban and Regional Studies 18(3), 275 – 288



KUUS, M. 2010 ‘EUrope and the baroque’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 28(3), 381-387

Winter 2018

GEOG220 Geopolitics Sections

Political geographic perspectives on todays interdependent world through three themes: borders, regions, and flows.

Winter 2018

GEOG391 Modern Europe: Places and Borders Sections

An introductory survey, focusing on the present-day human geography of the area between the Atlantic and the Ural Mountains.

Winter 2018

GEOG533 Political Geography Sections

Investigate how politics is bound with territorial definition. Examine how the management of political issues is intertwined with the ways in which these issues are understood in geographical and territorial terms.