Michael Holm

Faculty Research Fellow
Lecturer, Social Sciences, College of General Studies
(617) 358-3934

Democracy Beyond the Nation State

As climate change and other forms of environmental degradation become increasingly disruptive in this century, the democratic nations of the world will face heightened stress from extreme weather, flooding, droughts, mass migrations, and transnational terrorism. If democratic governments respond to these challenges by embracing nationalism and building barriers, they will weaken the universal principle of human rights upon which democracy is founded, thus eroding the strength of democracy within their own borders. Conversely, if democratic societies can create new forms of electoral representation beyond the boundaries of the nation state, they will be in a better position to face the global challenges of this century and beyond. For this reason, the idea of supranational democracy now requires serious consideration by scholars from across all disciplines. In response to this need, Michael Holm and Richard Samuel Deese will hold a conference titled “Democracy Beyond the Nation State” during the 2020-21 academic year at Boston University. They plan to bring together scholars from around the world, from such diverse fields as philosophy, law, history, political science, communications, and computer science, to assess the possibility of creating supranational democratic institutions in response to new environmental and social challenges that no nation can face alone.


BA, University of Southern Denmark; MA, University of Southern Denmark; MA, McGill University; PhD Boston University.


International relations history, U.S. foreign policy, and U.S. political, and cultural history, and political ideology.


Michael Holm joined the Boston University’s College of General Studies’ Social Science Department as a Lecturer in 2016. Before that he spent three years as a Lecturer at the CAS History Department. He specializes in international relations history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, and U.S. political and cultural history.

Holm’s first book The Marshall Plan: A New Deal for Europe was published by Routledge in 2016. He has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of the Historical Society and Diplomacy and Statecraft. Holm has two forthcoming chapters, “The United States in the World: Victory Culture and the Debate over U.N. Peacekeeping” in L’histoire du maintien de la paix: nouvelles perspectives/History of Peacekeeping: New Perspectives (forthcoming, 2018) and “‘The patient is sinking while the doctors deliberate:’ Marshall’s Quest to Save Europe” in Center of the Storm: George Marshall’s Influence after World War II (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019).

He is currently working on an article/book project on American intellectuals and the development of U.S. foreign aid policy in the early Cold War era.