I am the Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations (2013-2015) in the Political Science Department at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
My primary research interests are in the fields of International Relations and International Law. Specifically, I focus on the processes and politics through which international laws are made and ratified. To date I have spent most of my time investigating security rights claimed by states and environmental treaties. Solo authored work on the latter is planned for submission in Fall 2014.
Recently I began work on two collaborative projects to extend the scope of my process and politics approach to international law. In the first, my co-author and I are assessing the role of race and legitimacy in the foreign policy leadership of the Obama Administration. In the second, one of my students and I are starting to examine the implementation of international refugee law in Southeast Asia. In addition to researching international law, a co-author and I are engaged in a long-term study of how students learn to write well with a focus on the Writer's Workshop as an underutilized method of writing instruction in the political science classroom.
This fall I will teach an introductory International Relations course (POLS 109). We will partner with a physics course (PHYS 165) to conduct a large-scale simulation of a treaty negotiation over an impending environmental crisis. I will also teach a course on US Foreign Policy (POLS 229). In the spring I will teach upper level courses on European Integration (POLS 325) and IR Theories (POLS 339).
Any Wheaton seniors interested working together on an international law/organization-themed honors thesis are welcome to stop by my office hours to discuss their proposal. Go Lyons!
- A. Irish
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