Proposal for New International Relations Theory Organized Section of the American Political Science Association

We seek your support for our proposal to create an APSA Organized Section on International Relations (IR) Theory. Although IR Theory is a core field of study within IR, the theoretical study of international relations does not have a dedicated home within the APSA.

Our purposes include:

  • Creating an institutional home for a diverse, growing, and important group of scholars, not only within but also beyond the United States, where many scholars of international relations and world politics are theorists.
  • Establishing a forum for studying issues already central in IR, such as international order, climate change, rising powers, and cross-cutting issues of political economy and security, as well as many of the issues identified by the APSR editors as requiring urgent attention by scholars in our discipline—including power, domination, ideology, inequality, political violence, race, gender, and normative questions—all of which entail thinking about IR in theoretical terms.
  • Sponsoring research panels at the APSA annual meeting. Some of these panels could be co-sponsored with other sections such as International Security; International History and Politics; Foreign Policy; Conflict Processes; International Collaboration; Human Rights; Political Psychology; Formal Theory; and Foundations of Political Theory.
  • Encouraging the mentorship of graduate students, early career researchers, and scholars from under-represented groups engaged in IR Theory.
  • Publicizing and recognizing research in IR theory through article and book awards, and possibly including association with a scholarly journal.

Sign the Petition

Please indicate your support for the formation of an International Relations Theory Section by going to this link and adding your signature. We need at least 200 APSA member signatures to qualify as a new section.

Thanks for your support and please feel free to send this petition to other scholars who might be willing to support the creation of this new section.

Bridget Coggins (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Jeff Colgan (Brown University)
Alexandre Debs (Yale University)
Stacie Goddard (Wellesley College)
Helen M. Kinsella (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Jennifer Mitzen (Ohio State University)
Nuno P. Monteiro (Yale University)
Sebastian Rosato (University of Notre Dame)
Inés Valdez (Ohio State University)