International Relations

International Relations

The International Relations field is very well-established at Boston University, with scholars working on exciting topics ranging from international finance to the history of diplomacy.

Professor Robert Jackson has spent his career writing about the theory and history of the international system, including the expansion of international society from Europe and the West to the rest of the world.  He has served as a fellow or visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Oxford University and the London School of Economics, among others.  Our resident expert on the history of US foreign relations, Professor David Mayers, is currently writing a book on FDR’s wartime diplomacy.  He has held fellowships at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the American Academy in Berlin, and was, for many years, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. His The Ambassadors and America’s Soviet Policy won the 1995 book prize from the American Academy of Diplomacy.  Professor Neta Crawford is deeply concerned about the ethics of war and foreign policy decision-making; for example, she serves on the advisory board of the Project on Defense Alternatives at the Commonwealth Institute and received a SSRC –MacArthur Foundation Peace and International Security grant to organize a conference on “Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Africa.”  Her book, Argument and Change in World Politics, was a co-winner of the APSA best book in International History and Politics.  Professor Michael Corgan works on issues of international security and has a special affinity for Iceland.  He came to Boston University after an extensive career in military planning and spent a year at the University of Iceland on a Fulbright fellowship.  Professors William Grimes, Thomas Berger, Kevin Gallagher, and Henrik Selin all teach and do research in international relations as well as in their other core fields.