Patrick Jackson

Lead Faculty

International Studies: History, Theory, Practice


MA, MPhil, PhD, Political Science, Columbia University
BA, James Madison College, Michigan State University


Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service. He previously taught at Columbia University and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 2001. In 2003-4, he served as President of the International Studies Association-Northeast; in 2012-2013, he is doing so again. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Relations and Development, and is currently Series Editor of the University of Michigan Press’ book series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics. He was recently named the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year for the District of Columbia by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackson’s research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), scientific methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, civilizations in world politics, the sociology of academic knowledge, popular culture and IR, and the formation of subjectivity both in the classroom and in the broader social sphere.

Jackson is also a devoted (some might say “obsessive”) baseball fan, and a self-proclaimed sci-fi geek.

Book Currently Reading: The Hydrogen Sonata, by Iain M. Banks
Languages Spoken: German

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Research Interests

Dr. Jackson’s research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), the philosophy of science, sociological methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, the concept of ‘Western Civilization,’ and the political and social theory of Max Weber.

Selected Publications

  • “How to Think About Civilizations,” in Civilizations in World Politics: Plural and Pluralist Perspectives,Routledge 2010.
  • “Paradigmatic Faults in International Relations Theory,” in International Studies Quarterly, with Daniel H. Nexon, December 2009.
  • “How to Think about Civilizations,” in Civilizations and States in World Politics, ed. Peter Katzenstein, 2009.
  • “Foregrounding Ontology: Dualism, Monism, and IR Theory,” in Review of International Studies, 2008.
  • “Hunting for Fossils in International Relations, International Studies Perspectives, 2008.
  • “Outside Context Problems: Liberalism and the Other in the Work of Iain M. Banks,”(co-authored with James Heilman) in Political Science Fiction, ed. Clyde Wilcox and Donald Hassler University of South Carolina Press, 2008.
  • “Security Scholars for a Sensible Foreign Policy: A Failure of Weberian Activism,” (coauthored with Stuart J. Kaufman), in Perspectives on Politics, 2007.
  • “Civilizational Identity: The Production and Reproduction of ‘Civilizations,’” in International Relations, co-edited with Martin Hall; Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2007.
  • Civilizing the Enemy: German Reconstruction and the Invention of the West, University of Michigan Press, 2006.
  • “Making Sense of Making Sense: Configurational Analysis and the Double Hermeneutic,” inInterpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn, ed. Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, M. E. Sharpe, 2006.
  • “The Present as History,” in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis, ed. Charles Tilly and Robert Goodin, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • “Global Hero: Harry Potter Abroad,” (co-authored with Peter Mandaville), in Harry Potter and International Relations, ed. Daniel H. Nexon and Iver B. Neumann, Routledge Press, 2006.

Professional Presentations

  • “Civilizations in World Politics: A Requiem for Samuel P. Huntington,” presentation delivered to the International Relations Forum at Rutgers University, January 2009.
  • “The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations,” presentation delivered to the Cluster of Excellence project on The Formation of Normative Orders, Frankfurt, Germany, September 2008.
  • “The Philosophy and Practice of Social Science,” presentation delivered to the International Relations Forum at Colgate University, February 2008.
  • “New Media and the University Classroom,” presentation delivered at the US patent and Trade Office’s Global IP academy, 30 January 2008.
  • “Social Science as a Vocation,” presentation delivered at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), September 2007.
  • “Classroom Podcasting: A Report From the Trenches,” presentation delivered at the 3rd Annual California State University-Stanislaus’ Technology Fair, April 2007.
  • “Podcasting and the Classroom,” keynote address to the Instructional Technology Council’s annual conference, February 2007.
  • “Economists, Sociologists, and the West: Legitimation, Social Action, and the Transatlantic Community,” presentation delivered as part of a seminar entitled “Towards a Post-Western West? The Changing Heritage of Europe and the West,” Tampere, Finland, February 2006.
  • “Twisting Tongues and Twisting Arms: The Power of Political Rhetoric,” presentation delivered to the PIPES seminar at the University of Chicago, October 2005.
  • “The Power of Western Civilization,” presentation delivered as part of a seminar entitled “The West Under Strain: Liberal Heritage and the Post-9/11 Geopolitics” sponsored by the Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University, September 2005.

Media Appearances

  • Appeared on Voice of America TV—Afghanistan in connection with a segment on NATO operations in Afghanistan, April 2008.
  • Interviewed by Susan Kinzie, Washington Post, 20 December 2007, regarding distance education and podcasting (article appeared 31 December).
  • Interviewed by Stephanie Newton, Washington Business Journal, 7 July 2006, regarding the use of podcasting in the classroom.
  • Interviewed by Anne Gearan, Associated Press, 10 May 2006, regarding transatlantic relations and the Bush Administration’s Middle East policies (article published 11 May 2006 in assorted newspapers).
  • Interviewed by Lauren Dunn, ABC-7 News, 6 March 2006, for a television news segment on the use of iPods and podcasting in the classroom. (Segment aired 27 March 2006).
  • Interviewed by Megha Rajagopalan, reporter for The Diamondback (University of Maryland student newspaper), for an article on podcasting and technology in the classroom. (Article appeared 6 December 2005).
  • Interviewed by Peg Tyre, reporter for Newsweek, 2 November 2005, for an article on “coursecasting” and higher education. (Article appeared on 28 November 2005).
  • Featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education article written by Brock Read, 28 October 2005, on “coursecasting” and pedagogy.

Work In Progress

  • “What is Theory?” chapter for the International Studies Association Compendium Project.
  • “The Perpetual Decline of the West,” chapter for The Struggle for the West, ed. Christopher S. Browning and Marko Lehti.
  • “Disciplined Imagination, or, the Cash Value of a Pragmatist Wager in IR,” contribution to a Forum on “Pragmatism and IR” being assembled by Gunther Hellmann.
  • “Critical Realism: Theology or Pragmatism?” contribution to a Forum on “Critical Realism” being assembled by Oliver Kessler.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • American University (AU) Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching with Technology Award, May 2006.
  • School of International Service (SIS) William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching, April 2006.
  • AU Honors Program Faculty Member of the Year Award, April 2005.
  • SIS Award, “Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom,” April 2005.
  • Northeast Circle Scholar, ISA-Northeast, November 2003.
  • SIS Award, “Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom,” April 2003.
  • SIS Award, “Excellence in General Education Teaching,” April 2002.
  • New York University Outstanding Teaching Award, April 2000.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • International Studies Association workshop grant, September 2007.
  • AU Curriculum Development Grant, April 2005.
  • Conference Funding Grant from the Mershon Center at Ohio State University, March 2005.
  • SIS Research Fellowship, April 2004.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant, May 2002.
  • AU Curriculum Development Grant, April 2002.
  • AU Senate Research Award, November 2001.

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Apple Support Specialist, August 2008.

Executive Experience

  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Relations and Development, 2008-present.
  • Member, Managing Editorial Board, International Political Sociology, 2005-2007.
  • Board Member, International Political Sociology section of the ISA, 2006-2007.
  • Past President, ISA-Northeast, 2004-2005.
  • President, ISA-Northeast, 2003-2004.
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Studies Perspectives, 2003-present.
  • President-Elect, ISA-Northeast, 2002-2003.
  • Program Co-Chair, International Political Sociology organized section of the ISA, 2002.
  • Vice-President and Program Chair, ISA-Northeast, 2001-2002.
  • Governing Council Member, ISA-Northeast, 2000-2001, 2005-2006.