Katharina Coleman

Associate Professor

Office: Buch C405
Office Phone: 604-822-6032
Email: katharina.coleman@ubc.ca

Katharina Coleman (Ph.D. Princeton) specializes in International Relations, with a focus on international organisations, international security/peace operations, and international rules, norms, and legitimacy. Her regional area of expertise is sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project examines the role of relatively small ("token") national troop contributions in contemporary military coalitions.

Teaching in 2014/2015

  • POLI 364A - International Organizations
  • POLI 464B - African Interstate Relations seminar
  • POLI 464F - African Security from African Perspectives field research course (Ethiopia, ARA funded)
  • POLI 561A - International Relations Theory

Graduate Supervision

I am most interested in supervising research that focuses on issues of international legitimacy, the international use of military force, the UN or other formal international organisations, and/or African international relations.

Recent Publications


Katharina P. Coleman, “The Political Economy of UN Peacekeeping: Incentivizing Effective Participation” Providing for Peacekeeping Thematic Study No.7 . (International Peace Institute, May 2014)

Katharina P. Coleman, “Liberia” in Jane Boulden (ed.) The Rise of the Regional Voice? The United Nations, Regional Actors and Conflict in Africa. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Katharina P. Coleman, “Token Troop Contributions to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations” in Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams (eds.) Providing Peacekeepers: the Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions. (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Katharina P. Coleman, “Locating Norm Diplomacy: Venue Change in International Norm Negotiations” European Journal of International Relations. Vol.19, No.1 (2013)

Katharina P. Coleman, “Innovations in ‘African Solutions to African Problems’: the evolving practice of regional peacekeeping in sub-Saharan Africa” Journal of Modern African Studies. Vol.49, No.4 (2011); 517-545

Katharina P. Coleman, International Organisations and Peace Enforcement: the Politics of International Legitimacy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Katharina P. Coleman and M. W. Doyle, "Introduction: Expanding Norms, Lagging Compliance," in E. Luck and M. W. Doyle (eds.), International Law and Organization: Closing the Compliance Gap. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.

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