Richard Price

Professor

Office: Buchanan C459
Office phone: 604-822-3021 (rarely use, ask for my cell number!)
Email: richard.price(at)ubc.ca

2008-09 UBC Killam Teaching Prize Recipient

Richard Price (Ph.D., Cornell) specializes in international relations. His research interests focus on the role of norms in world politics, particularly norms limiting warfare; constructivist international relations theory; normative international relations theory; and the politics of international law. His publications include the co-authored, Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2008), The United Nations and Global Security (with Mark Zacher, co-editor, 2004), The Chemical Weapons Taboo (Cornell University Press, 1997), and numerous articles in International Organization, World Politics, International Security, European Journal of International Relations, and the Review of International Studies among others. His teaching interests include courses on world politics, ethics and norms in world politics, and international relations theory.

 

Publications

Books:

 

Selected journal articles and book chapters:

  • "Introduction," and “On the Pragmatic and Principled Limits and Possibilities of Dialogue,” Special Forum on Richard Price (ed.), Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics, in International Theory, Vol.4, No.3, 2012.
  • "The Ethics of Constructivism," in Duncan Snidal and Christian Reus-Smit (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2008).
  • "Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics," International Organization 62 (Spring 2008), pp.191-220.
  • "Nuclear Weapons Don't Kill People, Rogues Do," International Politics, Vol.44, No.2-3 (March-May 2007), Special lssue on Crises of International Legitimacy, pp.232-249.
  • "How to Detect Ideas and Their Effects," pp.252-265 in Charles Tilly and Robert E. Goodin, eds., Contextual Political Analysis (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • "Hegemony and Multilateralism," International Journal, Vol.60, No.1 (Winter 2004-05), pp.109-130.
  • "From Politics to Law: Emerging Customary Norms and Anti-Personnel Landmines," in Christian Reus-Smit, ed., The Politics of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp.106-130.
  • "International Tribunals and the Criminalization of Violence," with Joanne Lee, co-author, in Mark Zacher and Richard Price, The United Nations and Global Security, Mark Zacher and Richard Price (eds.), Palgrave, 2004.
  • "The United Nations Redux?" in Mark Zacher and Richard Price, The United Nations and Global Security, Mark Zacher and Richard Price (eds.), Palgrave-St. Martin's Press (2004).
  • "Transnational Civil Society and Advocacy in World Politics," World Politics 55:4 (July 2003), pp.579-606
  • Correspondence ("Isms and Schisms: Culturalism versus Realism in Security Studies"), International Security 24:1 (Summer 1999), pp.169-172.
  • "From War Fighting to Crime Fighting: Transforming the American National Security State," International Studies Review 3:3 (Fall 2001), pp.31-52.
  • "Reversing the Gun Sights: Transnational Civil Society Targets Landmines," International Organization 52:3 (Summer 1998), pp.613-644.
  • "Dangerous Liaisons? Constructivism and Critical International Theory" (with Christian Reus-Smit, co-author), European Journal of International Relations, 4:3 (September 1998), pp. 259-294.
  • "Compliance with International Norms and the Mines Taboo," pp.340-363 in Maxwell Cameron, Brian Tomlin and Robert Lawson, eds. To Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • "A Genealogy of the Chemical Weapons Taboo," International Organization, 49:1 (1995), pp.73-104.

Selected media

Blogs

Teaching

Teaching Awards:

University of Minnesota, Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award (Most Outstanding Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts), 2000

University of British Columbia, Killam Teaching Prize, 2008-09

Current Courses:

Political Science 373, Ethics in World Politics, 002, Fall 2015

Teaching Evaluations:

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Graduate Supervision

Ph.D. Supervisions

Completed

Elise Leclerc Gagne (entering class of 2007): Ph.D. dissertation,"The Construction of the Humanitarian Worker as Inviolate Actor," successfully examined June 30, 214. Elise is now a delegate for the ICRC in Geneva. 

Chris Tenove (entered program January 2009), Trudeau Fellow. Ph.D. dissertation, "Justice and Inclusion in Global Politics:Victim Representation and the International Criminal Court," successfully examined January 13, 2015 (with Prof. Mark Warren, Co-Supervisor). Chris is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.

Adam Bower (entering class of 2006): SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Recipient and Simons Foundation / DFAIT Graduate Research Award in Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control (2008). Ph.D. Dissertation: "Norm Development Without the Great Powers? Assessing the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court" successfully defended Dec.7, 2012. Adam was a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at Oxford University, and is now Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews.

Daisaku Higashi (entering class of 2006). University Graduate Fellowship Recipient (2006-07), Killam Predoctoral Fellowship recipient (2009-10), and Toyota Foundation Research Grant for field research in Afghanistan and East Timor (2008). Ph.D. Dissertation: "The Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding” successfully examined July 26, 2012. Daisaku is Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo.

Michael Cohen (entering class of 2006). Thurlow Scholarship in Peace and Disarmament Studies recipient, and recipient of Simons Foundation / DFAIT Graduate Research Award in Disarmament, Non-Prolilferation and Arms Control (2008) and University Graduate Fellowships (2008-10). Ph.D. Dissertation: " Nuclear Proliferation and the Use of Force: Nuclear Coercion and Nuclear Learning" successfully examined April 11, 2012 . Michael is Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark.

Alana Tiemessen (entering class of 2003). Ph.D. Dissertation: “The International Normative Structure of Transitional Justice." Successfully defended July 2011. University Graduate Fellowship and Canadian Consortium on Human Security Fellowship recipient. Alana has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College, and is now Assistant Professor of Security Studies at Endicott College.

Nicolas Dragojlovic (entering class of 2004). Ph.D. Dissertation: "The Psychology of Persuasion in Global Politics: Global Image, Source Cues, and US Soft Power." Successfully defended September 16, 2010. University Graduate Fellowship recipient (2004-07),  winner of Li Tze Fong Memorial Fellowship (2007-08), SDF Post-Doctoral Fellow, Liu Institute, UBC, and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary.

Nevin Aiken (entering class of 2004). Ph.D. Dissertation: "Overcoming Intractability: Identity and Intergroup Reconciliation in Transitional Justice." Successfully defended July 28, 2010. Nevin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wyoming.

Scott Watson (entering class of 2001). Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Securitisation of Humanitarian Migration” defended July 2006. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria.

Karen Winzoski (entering class of 2001). Ph.D. Dissertation: "The Influence of Industry and Scientific Communities on US Chemical and Biological Weapons Policy" defended April 2007. Karen has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.

Radoslav Dimitrov (University of Minnesota, Ph.D.). Rado is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.

Current

William Plowright. William's research is on the use and non-use of child soldiers by non-state armed groups. He likes to go to dangerous places.

 

Ph.D. Committee Member

Completed

 Kristi Kenyon (Entering class of 2006). Ph.D. Dissertation research examined the framing of HIV/AIDS health-related issues in the language of human rights. 

James Baker (Entering class of 2008). Ph.D. dissertation, "International Order in the Oceans: Territoriality, Security, and the Political Construction of National and International Jurisdiction at Sea."

Jonathan Tomm (Entering class of 2007): Ph.D. dissertation, "Morally Generative Politics: The Emergence of Normative Relations out of Political Conflict."

David Seekings (Entering class of 2004). Ph.D. Dissertation, "Caring About Aid: An Ethics of Care Approach to Global Health Aid." Successfully defended December 14, 2010. David has a position with the Government of New Brunswick.

Justin Nankivell (Entering class of 2004): Ph.D. Dissertation, "Arctic Legal Tides: The Politics of International Law in the Northwest Passage" successfully defended June 22, 2010.  Justin teaches at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.

Philippe Bourbeau. Philippe's revised dissertation is published as a book, Securitization of Migration: A Study of Movement and Order, by Routledge Press. Philippe is a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University. 

Current

Jan Luedert (Entering Class of 2009): Ph.D. dissertation research is on transnational indigenous activism.

Demola Okeowo, Faculty of Law. Ph.D. research is on the efforts to generate a new legal norm on climate refugees.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Supervisions

2011-12

Scott Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. University of Calgary. SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow. Research interests include culture and norms of warfare and private military contractors. Currently Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick, Ireland

2006-07

Veronica Kitchen, Ph.D., Brown University 2006. SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow. Research interests include the role of identity in security communities. Veronica is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

Jonathan Havercroft, Ph.D., University of Minnesota 2005. Center of International Relations Security and Defence Forum Post-Doctoral Fellow. Research interests include indigenous self-determination and global sovereignty norms, and developing norms regarding weaponization of space and space security. Jonathan was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, and is now Associate Professor at the University of Southampton.

Karthika Sasikumar, Ph.D., Cornell University 2006. Simons Center Post-Doctoral Fellow. Research interests include Indian nuclear policy and security policy. Karthika has a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at San Jose State University.

Visiting Students

Past:

Elvira Rosert, PhD Student, Research Associate
and Lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt and at Peace
Research Institute Frankfurt. Research interests include the unintended effects of international norms, in particular those related to humanitarian disarmament and International Humanitarian Law.

MA Supervisions

Current


Completed

Zosia Hortsing. "Roma Refugees: International Refugee Protection and Europe’s ‘Internal Outsiders.’" Successfully defended August 2010. Zosia is currently a manager in the International Partnerships and Programs Branch of the Provincial Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation (Trade and Investment Division).

Ryder McKeown. "Norm Regress: American Revisionism and the Slow Death of the Torture Norm." Defended June 7, 2007. A revised version of this thesis has been published in the scholarly journal International Relations, 23:1 (2009), pp.5-25. Ryder is currently a Policy Officer in the Department of Defence in Ottawa.

Daisaku Higashi, “The Battle of the Peace-building Norm After the Iraq War” Defended July 2006. Daisaku entered our Ph.D. program in September 2006.

Michael Cohen, “Nuclear weapons and the 1991 Gulf War: Nuclear Taboo or Risk Aversion?" Successfully defended August 2006. Michael entered our Ph.D. program in September 2006.

Azur Stankovic, “Enforcing Justice: The influence of norms on the efficacy of International criminal tribunals.” September 2005.

Jeremy Brock, “What Kind of Peace Do We Seek? Military Interventions in the Post-Cold War Era, 1999-2004.” 2004.

Luisa Navas, “Antipersonnel Mines in Colombia: Engaging Non-State actors through Norm Compliance and Construction.” August, 2004. Currently employed in Bogota as Advisor to the Vice Minister of Defence for Strategy and Planning, Ministry of Defense, Government of Columbia.

Nicolas Dragojlovic, “Structural Change and Human Rights Norms.” August 2004. Nick entered our Ph.D. program in September 2005.

Miriam Anderson, "Explaining the International Community's Insistence on Real Property Restitution in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia 1995-2003: Exploring Normative Foundations," 2003. Miriam entered the Ph.D. program at Cambridge University in 2004. Her master's thesis was published in revised form as"Explaining the International Community's Insistence on Real Property Restitution in Bosnia-Herzogovina and Croatia 1995-2003: Exploring Normative Foundations," in Scott Leckie, ed., Returning Home: Housing and Property Restitution Rights of Refugees and Displaced Persons, Volume II, Ardsley, New York: Transnational Publishers (in press). Miriam obtained her Ph.D. from Cambridge, and is now Assistant Professor at Ryerson University.

Michael Schroeder, “Getting the ‘Right’ Agreement: How Norms Influence The Behaviour of International Mediators.” July 2004. Michael entered the Ph.D. program in Political Science at George Washington University in 2004.

Kevin Warrian, US Biological Warfare Policy, August 2003.

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