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Jeffrey T. Checkel

Chair in International Relations


Jeffrey T. Checkel joined the Department of Political and Social Sciences in January 2020, as Chair in International Politics, moving from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he held the Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security (2008-19).  He had previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh (1991-98) and the University of Oslo (1998-2008). After a first degree from Cornell University in applied physics (1981), Checkel received a PhD.in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991). A consistent theme in his work has been to bridge traditional divides of discipline, epistemology, and subfield. Demonstrating a sustained commitment to theoretical excellence, he has reoriented his focus within international relations scholarship multiple times: from Sovietology and arms control, to institutions and norms, to European politics and identity, then to transnationalism, civil conflict and violence, and - most recently - to international institutions and the populist backlash against them. Such pluralism is rare in an era of academic (hyper-) specialization; it also means Checkel is widely read and cited. His Google Scholar profile lists over 18,000 citations and an h-index of 39.

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).  He has published broadly on these topics, including four books from Cambridge University Press (author, editor, or co-editor) and one volume from Yale University Press (author).  At EUI, he offers seminars on international-relations theory; civil wars; the liberal order and identity politics; international institutions; and qualitative methods.

I welcome Ph.D. 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, 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 and ethically-sound way to explain-understand-critique the world around us."


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