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Department of Political Science

DTB-A316, University of Victoria

Box 1700, Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2



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Born Reading, England, UK. Canadian and UK citizenship



B.A., University of Wales, Swansea, 1965-1968

MA., Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, 1968-1970

Ph.D., Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, 1970-1977



Professor of Political Science and Member of the Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Political Thought, University of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Professor, Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Editor of the journal Alternatives: Global, Local, Political.



Political Theory: classical and early-modern political thought, especially Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Kant; contemporary cultural, social and political theory, especially Weber and Foucault; principles and practices of sovereignty and subjectivity; concepts of space/time in political thought; politics and violence; theories of discourse, ideology and culture; boundaries, borders and political-legal limits; philosophies of science and social science.


World Politics: international political theory; state sovereignties/international sovereignties; globalization/localization; postcolonial theory; politics of security; boundary problems; legitimations of violence; practices of exceptionalism.



International Studies Association, Eminent Scholar in Global Development Studies Award, San Francisco, 2008.

University of Victoria, Faculty of Social Science Research Excellence Award, 2012.

EXPERIENCE (Research and Teaching Appointments):

Professor, with tenure, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, 1992-. (Associate Professor, with tenure, 1986-1992; Assistant Professor, 1981-1986; Visiting Professor, 1980-1981).

Guest Professor, Gregynog Ideas Lab Summer School, Aberystwyth University, Wales, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Professor of International Relations, SPIRE, Keele University, UK, 1999-2009.

Faculty, International Political Sociology Doctoral School, Paris 2010 and Rio de Janeiro 2015.

Faculty, International Political Sociology Winter School, Rio de Janeiro, 2015, 2016.

Visiting Professor, Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, June-July 2009.

Visiting Fellow, CERI, Sciences-Po, Paris, October-November 2007.

Visiting Professor, Instituto de  Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, April-June 2004.

Brockington Visitor, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, February 2004.

Visiting Professor, University of Tromso, Norway, 2003.

Adjunct Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India, 1999-2002.

Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Science, The Faculties, Australian National University, Canberra, 1994.

Visiting Faculty, Thirteenth International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Cultural Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i, June 1991.

Visiting Fellow, Department of International Relations and The Peace Research Centre, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, 1989.

Visiting Associate Professor of Politics, and Visiting Fellow, Center of International Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International  Affairs, Princeton University, 1988-9.

Visiting Instructor, Royal Roads Canadian Military College, Victoria, 1986-88, 1990-1994.

Distinguished Visiting Speaker on Peace, Justice and Human Rights, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Summer 1987.

Visiting Instructor, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University (William Head Institution), 1986.

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, 1980-1981.

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia,1980-1981.

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Trent University, Peterborough, Spring 1980.

Visiting Fellow, Department of International Relations, Australian National University, 1978.

John Parker Compton Fellow, Center of International Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, 1977-1979.

Instructor, Departments of Political Studies, Sociology and Geography, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1975-1978.


EXPERIENCE (Administrative Appointments):

Director, Graduate Program in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, University of Victoria, 1998-2000, 2004-6, 2009-2010; Acting Director, Summer 1995; Founding Committee, 1988.

Member of the Permanent Scientific Committee, CHALLENGE, European Union Sixth Framework Programme Shared Cost RTD Integrated Project.

Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, July 1994-June 1996; occasional Acting Chair.

Keele University Departmental Committees: Third Year Tutor, 2000-2; Research Committee, 2000-3; Visiting Speakers Programme, 2001-2.

University of Victoria, University Committees: Faculty Awards Committee, 2006-8; Dean’s Chair Selection Committee; Chair, Search Committee, Faculty of Fine Arts,1993-94; University Curriculum Committee, 1992-95; ARPT Committee, Environmental Studies,1990-94.

University of Victoria, Departmental positions: Graduate Advisor, 1993-94; Graduate Committee, 1982-84, 1987-95, 2005-6, etc; Undergraduate Committee, 2007-8; also Library, Curriculum, Seminar, Speakers and BC Articulation Committees, intermittently 1981-; ARPT Committee, 1981-2000, 2003-; RPT Committee Chair, 2005-6; Undergraduate Committee, 2007-8.

Board, Centre for Peace Studies, University of Tromso, Norway, 2003-6.



Founding Co-Editor of the journal IPS: International Political Sociology, 2005-2011 (with Didier Bigo).

Book Series Editor, Global Horizons, Routledge, 2002- (with Richard Falk).

Book Series Editor, Routledge Studies in Liberty and Security, 2008- (with Didier Bigo & Elspeth Guild).

Cooperation Partner, Centre of Excellence, Foundations of European Law and Polity,

Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 2007- 2010.

Book Series Editor, Critical Perspectives on World Politics, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1993-2001.

Book Series Editorial Board, Cambridge Studies in International Relations, CUP, 1993-1998.

Co-Editor of the English edition of the journal Cultures & Conflits, 2003, 2004.

Associate Editor of the journal Alternatives, 1984-89.

Associate Editor of the journal, Re-Vision: A Journal of Knowledge and Consciousness, 1978-80.

Journal Editorial Boards: International Studies Quarterly; Millennium: Journal of International Studies; International Studies Review; International Studies Perspectives; Pacifica Review; Contemporary Political Theory; Review of International Political Economy; Cultures & Conflits; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Borderlands: e-journal; Security Dialogue; Brasilian Political Science Review, etc.

Member, Social Science Research Council/MacArthur Foundation Committee for International Peace and Security, 1997-99.

Chair, Postdoctoral Screening Committee, MacArthur Program in International Security, Social Science Research Council, New York, 1995-96.

Board of Directors, World Order Models Project, New York, 1986-.

Steering Committee, Global Civilization Project, New York and Tokyo, 1988-1994.

Rapporteur, Committee for a Just World Peace, New York and Tokyo, 1985-1988.

Steering Committee, and occasional Chair, Committee on Alternatives for B.C. 1984-1990

Member, Ad Hoc Policy Discussion Group, Canadian Centre for Foreign Policy Development, Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Ottawa, 1997-8



Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa, Insight Research Grant, 2012-2016.

European Union, Action Grant for The Changing Landscape of JHA Cooperation in the EU and EU-Canada Relations, 2008, coordinated by Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

International Studies Association/Blackwell Publishers, Journal Publication Grant (IPS); 2005-11.

European Union, Sixth Framework Programme Shared Cost RTD Integrated Project grant for The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security – CHALLENGE, 2004-8.

European Union, Fifth Framework Programme Shared Cost RTD Action Project grant for European Liberty and Security: Security Issues, Social Cohesion and Institutional Development of the European Union – ELISE, 2002-2005.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa, Research Grant, with Warren Magnusson, 1998-2001.

SSRC/MacArthur Foundation, International Peace and Security Project Grant, Sovereignty and Modernity, 1996.

Australian National University, Political Science, The Faculties, Fellowship, 1994.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa, Research Grant, 1994-97.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa, Research Grant, 1991-94.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa, International Travel Grant, 1991.

Joint recipient as Member of the Board of the World Order Models Project, UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, Paris, September 1990.

Joint recipient as Member of the Board of the World Order Models Project of Grants from Ford Foundation and Mertz-Gilmore Foundation for Project on “Global Civilization: Challenges to Polity,”1989-91; many similar grants from many sources for WOMP projects 1980-95.

Australian National University, Dept. of International Relations, Research Grant, 1989.

Princeton University, Center of International Studies, Research Grant, 1988-89.

Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa, Research Grant, 1988-89.

University of Victoria, Arts & Science Faculty Research Grant, 1987-8, 1989-90, 1995-6, 1996-7.

University of Victoria, Faculty Travel Grants, most years 1982-1998.

Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, Research Grant, 1985-86 (declined).

Institute for World Order, New York, Transnational Academic Program Fellow, 1980, 1981-82.

Killam Post-Doctoral Research Scholarship, 1977-79.

The John Dafoe Fellowship, 1972-73.

Ontario Graduate Fellowship, 1969-72.

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