Associate Professor, Political Science and Arts One
Office: IBLC 374
Robert Crawford holds a PhD in Political Science (UBC 1995), and works in the area of international Relations, political philosophy, and international political economy. He has a particular interest in the role of national identity in framing the study and teaching of International Relations (IR) as an academic field, and in trying to reconnect the subject of IR to the humanistic roots from which it became severed by a modern preoccupation with science and foreign policy priorities among a majority of its Anglo-American practitioners. These themes are explored in two of his books, Idealism and Realism in International Relations (London: Routledge) and International Relations–Still an American Social Science?: Toward Diversity in International Thought (New York: State University of New York Press). He has taught a wide range of courses at UBC since 1995, and has also taught at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. His relationship to Arts One is longstanding and began as a student in the program. He attributes his continuing interest in a broad range of intellectual fields and concerns to this background, and values the opportunity to help cultivate these interests in others. His Arts One UBC blog can be found here.