Simone Bunse


Adjunct Professor
Capstone Coordinator


McCourt School of Public Policy
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Dr Simone Bunse is Associate Teaching Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. From 2010-13 she directed its Oxford Graduate Program in International Management. Prior to teaching at Georgetown she was an Assistant Professor at the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. She holds a DPhil in Politics and MPhil in European Politics from the University of Oxford, UK and is a former visiting researcher at the Free University of Brussels. She has taught courses on EU politics, decision-making for public policy, comparative policy process, and political risk analysis both at the McCourt School of Public Policy as well as Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. She has also taken a leading role in developing and supervising client-based policy analysis research projects at McCourt.

Prior to her academic career Simone Bunse was a project manager at the international consulting firm Oxford Analytica (OA). Since leaving OA she has continued short-term consulting assignments for clients, including the World Bank, the Gender Equality Project, Booz Allen & Hamilton and others.

Her publications have focused mostly on the Council Presidency, small states and leadership in the EU, as well as power politics in the European Convention. Her book 'Small States and EU Governance' (published by Palgrave Macmillan) won the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles 2010 Award by the American Library Association for excellence in scholarship. Other publications include ‘Large versus Small States in the EU: Anti-hegemony and the Politics of Shared Leadership’ in the Oxford Handbook of the EU (published by Oxford University Press in 2012).

Simone Bunse also takes a keen interest in gender issues. Her 2014 article 'Latin American Female Executives: An Interesting Surprise’ - a collaborative effort by a team of researchers published in the Journal Gender in Management was awarded the Highly Commended Paper Award 2014 by Emerald.


  • DPhil (2006) Oxford University (Nuffield College), Politics
  • MPhil (2000) Oxford University (St Edmund Hall College), European Politics and Society
  • BA (1998) University of Kent at Canterbury, European Studies (Economics)


  • German (speak, read, write)
  • Spanish (speak, read, write)