International Relations

Subfield Coordinator: Vinod Aggarwal

International Relations at Berkeley focuses on the study of contemporary and historical problems in world politics. Our faculty and graduate students work on an eclectic set of substantive issues that frequently cross over between international relations theory, security studies, and international political economy.

Current research interests pursued by our group include the causes and consequences of peace and war, the political economy of trade and finance, American foreign and national security policy, emerging issues in security, geopolitical order and change, the impact of technology and geography on world politics, the role of ideas and identities shaping international affairs, the link between business and politics, and the interaction between religion and global politics.  In addition to resources in the political science department, our work is reflected and supported by various centers across campus:  the Institute for International Studies (IIS), the Berkeley Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC), the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program (RPGP), and others.  In addition, the journal Business and Politics is edited by one of our faculty members.

Our methodologies are equally eclectic, ranging from socio-historical analysis to quantitative empirics and formal modeling.  Much of our research is interdisciplinary, drawing from fields as disparate as economics, psychology, ecology, theology or history.  We take theory seriously but not to the exclusion of interesting and important global problems.  Our overarching goal is to contribute to an understanding of how international politics is organized and how it functions around substantive issues that matter to political actors and human beings.

International Relations Directory

Namesort descending Research Interests Contact
Aila Matanock International enforcement during and after civil conflict, State-building and peace-building, Survey experiments and multi-method research design matanock@berkeley.edu
510 642 4683
Barry Eichengreen Comparative Economics, International Economics eichengr@econ.berkeley.edu
510 642-2772
Michaela Mattes International Conflict and Cooperation, Conflict Management, Institutional Design, Domestic Politics and International Relations m.mattes@berkeley.edu
510-642-4654
Ron Hassner Religion and Conflict, Religion in the Military, Territorial Disputes hassner@berkeley.edu
+1 510 642-4657
Steven Weber International Politics, Political Economy, Technology and International Politics, Intellectual Property and Markets for Data steve_weber@berkeley.edu
+1 510 643-3755
Susan Hyde International influences on domestic politics, with a focus on the developing world, International election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion susanhyde@berkeley.edu
510-642-4533
Vinod Aggarwal International Political Economy, Comparative Regionalism, Business and Politics vinod@berkeley.edu
510 642-2817