Dr. Nana de Graaff (1973) is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She obtained her doctoral degree in Political Science – with distinction - at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2013, and also received her Master-degree International Relations there. De Graaff has studied political science at the Free University in Brussels.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
The main research interests of Nana de Graaff are within International Relations and International Political Economy, the globalization of Chinese firms and elites, US foreign policy and post-Cold War administrations, the geopolitical economy of energy and emerging powers, corporate elite networks, elite knowledge networks and social network analysis. She publishes in leading journals in International Relations (European Journal of International Relations), journals within the field of International Political Economy and Sociology (e.g. Global Networks, Globalizations, International Journal of Comparative Sociology) and with highly ranked publishers (e.g. Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Palgrave McMillan).

Nana De Graaff is currently a co-investigator in the Corporate Mapping Partnership, a large project to systematically map the structure and influence of the fossil fuel corporate sector in Western Canada, led by Prof. William Carroll (Victoria University) on a 6-year federal research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada).

She participates in many international research networks such as a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) sponsored research project on China’s transnationalizing oil industry, together with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing (2013-2015), and she was management committee member in an EU COST Action network on Emerging Southern Multinationals (2009-2013).

Nana De Graaff is also a founding member of the Elite Power Investigation Centre (EPIC), a centre for the study of elites in global politics. The centre aims to foster international and cross-disciplinary research on elite power and disseminate its findings among scholars, teachers, journalists, NGOs, trade unions, political parties, activists and anyone else interested in how power works in the contemporary world.