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Patrick Jackson

Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning
School of International Service
American University
United States of America


Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service. He previously taught at Columbia University and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 2001. In 2003-4, he served as President of the International Studies Association-Northeast; in 2012-2013, he did so again. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Relations and Development, and is currently Series Editor of the University of Michigan Press' book series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics, and Co-Editor of ISQ Online. He was recently named the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year for the District of Columbia by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Research Interest

Dr. Jackson's research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), the philosophy of science, sociological methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, the concept of 'Western Civilization,' and the political and social theory of Max Weber.


  • "Paradigmatic Faults in International Relations Theory," in International Studies Quarterly, with Daniel H. Nexon, December 2009.

  • "How to Think About Civilizations," in Civilizations in World Politics: Plural and Pluralist Perspectives, Routledge 2010.

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