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Critical International Relations

Students interested in critical approaches to International Relations will find that McMaster offers an excellent constellation of relevant teaching and research. The following faculty members in the Department of Political Science have expertise in this area:

Marshall Beier

Marshall Beier’s background is in Security Studies and International Relations theory, with an emphasis on Post Colonialism, Post Structuralism, and Feminist approaches. Drawing on these complementary theoretical currents, his active research agenda includes work on Indigeneity and International Relations, the Militarization of Childhood, and the limiting effects of disciplinarily on the study of security.


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Peter Nyers

PhD Political Science, York University2002

Graduate Chair Department of Political Science | Professor

Peter Nyers

Peter Nyers has expertise in critical approaches to security as well as theoretical debates about citizenship, sovereignty, globalization, political space-time, and borders. His research on refugees and undocumented migration contributes to contemporary debates about citizenship, mobility, and security.


Robert O’Brien

Robert O’Brien’s work has focused on the Role of Global Civil Society and Labour in the Creation and Maintenance of a System of Global Governance.


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Robert O'Brien

Ph.D. Political Science, York University (Canada)1992


Tony Porter

Tony Porter is interested in the role of knowledge, private authority, temporality, numbers, and technical artifacts in global governance and in the relevance of actornetwork theory and other critical social theories for understanding international relations.


Alina Sajed

Alina Sajed specializes in postcolonial and decolonial approaches to International Relations Theory. She is interested in the politics of the Global South, colonial violence and colonial modernity, Islamic social movements, and the politics of feminisms. Her current project examines the emergence of Islamic responses to colonial modernity in Southeast Asia (Dutch Indies and British Malaya).


Lana Wylie

Dr. Wylie’s research focuses on Canadian and American foreign policy, Latin American and Caribbean politics with an emphasis on Cuba, international relations theory, and diplomacy and tourism.