Critical International Relations
Students interested in critical approaches to International Relations will find that McMaster offers an excellent constellation of relevant teaching and research.
Four faculty members in the Department of Political Science have expertise in this area:
background is in Security Studies and International Relations theory,
with an emphasis on Post Colonialism, Post Structuralism, and Feminist
approaches. Drawing on these complementary theoretical currents, his
active research agenda includes work on Indigeneity and International
Relations, the Militarization of Childhood, and the limiting effects of
disciplinarily on the study of security.
Peter Nyers specializes in Critical International Relations theory, especially on the themes of Globalization, State Sovereignty, Political Space-Time, Human Agency, and the Social Construction of Risk and Threats. His current research focuses on the dissident citizenship practices of refugee and migrant communities as a form of critical cosmopolitanism.
Robert O’Brien’s work has focused on the Role of Global Civil Society and Labour in the Creation and Maintenance of a System of Global Governance.
Tony Porter’s is the Role of Knowledge in Global Governance and in that context he has been interested in Critical and Postmodern International Relations theory.
In addition, complementary work being done by faculty in departments such as Anthropology and English creates opportunities for effective interdisciplinary supervisory committees.