Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is currently Director of the General Education Program, and Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service, at the American University in Washington, DC. 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 is doing so again. He was, until just recently, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Relations and Development, and is the academic series editor of the University of Michigan’s book series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics.
PTJ’s research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory, scientific methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, the concept of ‘Western Civilization,’ the sociology of academic knowledge, science fiction, the formation of subjectivity both in the classroom and in the broader social sphere, and the political and social theory of Max Weber. Three lines of inquiry feature in his current projects. First, in order to gain a better grasp of the substructure of ‘global IR’ as a scholarly field of study, he is collecting and analyzing data on career trajectories and advisor-advisee relationships. Second, he continues to explore the relationship between science fiction and social science as ways of envisioning possible worlds. Third, he is working on a book that interrogates the ways in which the experience of driving a car, and the infrastructure of superhighways and automotive transportation that affords that experience, shapes and produces the unique form of subjectivity in which we as a species increasingly find ourselves enmeshed.
PTJ teaches courses on world politics, political philosophy, International Relations theory, research methodology, the philosophy of social science, and the intersection of popular culture and international politics. He serves as Headmaster of American University’s very successful University College program of residential seminars. He has three times received university awards for the innovative use of technology in the classroom, and was the AU Honors Program’s Faculty Member of the Year for 2004-5.
Among his recent publications are “Paradigmatic Faults in International-Relations Theory” (co-authored with Daniel H. Nexon), International Studies Quarterly 53:4 (2009), pp. 907-930; “Hunting for Fossils in International Relations,” International Studies Perspectives 9:1 (2008), pp. 99-105; “Foregrounding Ontology: Dualism, Monism, and IR Theory,” Review of International Studies 34:1 (2008), pp. 129-153; “Twisting Tongues and Twisting Arms: The Power of Political Rhetoric” (co-authored with Ronald R. Krebs), European Journal of International Relations 13:1 (2007), pp. 35-66; “Hegel’s House, or, ‘People are States Too’,” Review of International Studies 30 (2004), pp. 281-287; and “Glocal Hero: Harry Potter Abroad” (co-authored with Peter Mandaville), in Harry Potter and International Relations, ed. Daniel H. Nexon and Iver B. Neumann (Routledge Press, 2006). His book Civilizing the Enemy: German Reconstruction and the Invention of the West was published in 2006 by the University of Michigan Press; and he is co-editor of Civilizational Identity: The Production and Reproduction of “Civilizations” in International Relations. His latest book The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations: Philosophy of Science and its Implications for the Study of World Politics was published by Routledge in 2010.
Jackson is also a devoted (some might say “obsessive”) baseball fan, and a self-proclaimed sci-fi geek.