Chair in International Politics (as of January 2020)
Jeffrey T. Checkel will join the Department of Political and Social Sciences in January 2020, as Chair in International Politics, moving from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After a first degree from Cornell University in applied physics, Checkel received a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991). Among the honors he has received is the Humboldt Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015). In 2014, he was named a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, in recognition of his contributions to research on peace and conflict.
Research interests: Checkel's research interests include international relations theory (domestic-international linkages, international institutions, constructivism, governance), conflict studies (civil war), European integration (Europeanization, identity) and qualitative methods (process tracing, bridging positivist-interpretive techniques). At SPS, he plans to offer seminars on international-relations theory; civil wars; the liberal order and identity politics; international institutions; and qualitative methods.
“I welcome PhD proposals on a broad range of topics. In terms of IR theory, I am especially interested in new theories built on inter-disciplinary grounds or that cut across epistemological boundaries. While I have long-standing interests in constructivism, I am equally at home working with other theoretical schools. Aside from IR theory, I welcome projects on peace & conflict studies (rebel group mobilization, international interventions, civil wars), international institutions and organizations (governance, domestic-international linkages, legitimacy), identity politics, and European integration. Methodologically, I can advise best on qualitative methods, but am open to other approaches. Whatever the method chosen - qualitative, quantitative, mixed, positivist or interpretive - the goal is for students to master a set of techniques that can be used in an operational, applied way to explain/understand/critique the (IR) world around us."
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