The Study and Practice of Global Environmental Politics: Policy Influence through Participation

Author(s): Jessica F. Green, Case Western Reserve University and Thomas Hale, Oxford University

Mind the Gap? Links Between Policy and Academic Research of Foreign Aid

Author(s): Christina Schneider, University of California, San Diego

Rights and Wrongs: Human Rights at the Intersection of the IR Academy and Practice

Author(s): Amanda Murdie, University of Missouri

Lost in Translation: Academics, Policymakers, and Research about Interstate Conflict

Author(s): Sarah Kreps, Cornell University and Jessica Weeks, University of Wisconsin

The Weakest Link? Scholarship and Policy on Intrastate Conflict 

Author(s): Michael Findley, University of Texas- Austin and Joseph K. Young, American University

Is International Relations Relevant for International Money and Finance?

Author(s): Thomas Pepinsky, Cornell University and David A. Steinberg, University of Oregon

Why the Wizards of Armageddon Ran Into An Intellectual Dead-end: And What That Tells Us About the Relevance of Academic Nuclear Strategy Today

Author(s): Paul C. Avey, Southern Methodist University and Michael C. Desch, University of Notre Dame

Trade Policy and Trade Policy Research

Author(s): Edward D. Mansfield, University of Pennsylvania and Jon C.W. Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin

Citations and Intellectual Communities in the International Relations Literature

Author(s): Daniel Maliniak and Ryan M. Powers

Description: We use citation analysis to explore the organizing principles of the international relations literature over the 1980-2013 period. We show that the IR citation network is, in fact, a conglomerate of a number of sub-networks. These sub-networks constitute intellectual communities in the literature that are defined to varying degrees over time by the theoritical paradigms used by authors and the substantive issue areas under study. We find that citation communities that organize the IR literature have been disrupted considerably in the recent past. Citation communities in the 1980s and last decade are characterized by relatively less paradigmatic diversity than that of the 1900s. Issue areas played a much larger role in defining communities in teh 1980s than in either the 1990s or 2000s. We speculate about a number that may cause such dramatic changes.  

Undergraduate Curricula and (Inter)Disciplinarity of IR

Author(s): Nicholas J. Bell

Description: As the number of four-year undergraduates grows, international relations programs must pay greater attention to their curricular offerings. Considerations include both subject-matter requirements as well as methodological, linguistic, and experimental components. The ways that departments design these programs also speaks to the state of the discipline itself, as debate continues between those advocating international relations as an interdisciplinary field and the traditional view of IR as a subfield of political science. Our paper asks the question, how do scholars see the discipline of IR? How do we teach IR in the United States? And what does this tell us about the discipline as a whole? To explore these questions, we present preliminary results from the 2014 TRIP survey of international relations faculty and program-level data on undergraduate international studies curricula in the United States. We find that a substantial portion of the discipline views interdisciplinary undergraduate education positively, and this is reflected in research practices. However, there is less support both normatively and in undergraduate curricula for such interdisciplinary perspective to replace political science as the core of IR knowledge. How a university situates its international relations curricula within the departmental structure also affects how the discipline is represented.

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