Theorizing International Relations
This class critically assesses a number of significant, mostly American, works in the discipline of international relations. We treat the texts not only as theoretical lenses through which to understand and interpret international politics, but also as forms of historically situated practice. The course covers both canonical IR texts that have been central in creating American international imaginaries and shaping foreign policy debates, and critical texts that bring an explicitly emancipatory agenda to the study of international politics. Authors read may include Henry Morgenthau; Kenneth Waltz; Robert Keohane; Alexander Wendt; Andrew Linklater; David Campbell; Roxanne Lynn Doty; Stephen Gill; Michael Dillon.