The President serves a one year term and works during that time to propose programs and policies designed to advance the best interests of the Association. He or she convenes and presides over meetings of the Executive Committee, the Governing Council, and the Annual Business Meeting while overseeing the work of the Executive Office.

Patrick James, ISA President 2018-2019

About Patrick James

Patrick James is the Dornsife Dean’s Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He specializes in comparative and international politics, and his interests at the international level include the causes, processes and consequences of conflict, crisis and war. With regard to comparative politics, his research focuses on Canada, most notably with respect to the constitutional dilemma. James is the author or editor of 28 books and over 150 articles and book chapters. He is Co-Director of the International Crisis Behavior Project, Chair of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Canadian Studies, and Editor in Chief of the Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. His service to ISA includes, among other roles, chairing the FPA, ENMISA, ALIAS and PDG sections. James also served a five-year term as Editor of International Studies Quarterly.

Selected Publications:

  • “Exploring the Religious Characteristics of States: Classic Themes and New Evidence for International Relations and Comparative Politics” (Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2017) with Davis Brown
  • Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) co-editor with Steve Yetiv
  • Evaluating Progress in International Relations: How Do You Know? (Routledge, 2016) co-editor with Annette Freyberg-Inan and Ewan Harrison
  • Canada and Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • The International Relations of Middle-Earth: Learning from the Lord of the Rings (University of Michigan Press, 2012) with Abigail E. Ruane
  • Constitutional Politics in Canada After the Charter: Liberalism, Communitarianism, and Systemism (University of British Columbia Press, 2010)
  • Who Intervenes? Ethnic Conflict and Interstate Crisis (Ohio State University Press, 2006) with David Carment and Zeynep Taydas
  • International Relations and Scientific Progress: Structural Realism Reconsidered (Ohio State University Press, 2002)
  • “The Chain Store Paradox and Constitutional Politics in Canada” (Journal of Theoretical Politics, 1999)
  • Crisis and War (McGill-Queen’s University Press, l988) Selected Honors
  • Susan S. Northcutt Award, Women’s Caucus for International Studies, ISA
  • Distinguished Scholar, Foreign Policy Analysis, ISA
  • Distinguished Scholar, Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration, ISA
  • President, ISA (Midwest)
  • Quincy Wright Scholar Award, ISA (Midwest)
  • Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award, ISA
  • Ole R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar, ISA (West)
  • Louise Dyer Peace Fellowship, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Lady Davis Professorship, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Milton R. Merrill Chair, Department of Political Science, Utah State University
  • Thomas Enders Professorship in Canadian Studies, University of Calgary
  • Senior Scholar Award, Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
  • Eaton Lectureship, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University, Eminent Scholar
  • Eccles Professor of the British Library
  • President, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States
  • President, International Council for Canadian Studies
  • President, Peace Science Society

ISA President, 2018-2019

Patrick James | President
University of Southern California
April 2018 - March 2019

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