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Karen Ruth Adams, Associate Professor, International Relations

Office
Location: Liberal Arts 353,
Hours: Tuesday 5:15-6:30, Thursday 1:30-3:00, & by appointment

Contact
Phone: (406)243-2105
Email: karen.adams@umontana.edu


Description

I teach and write about international relations and international security, and I serve as the faculty advisor to the Montana Model UN high school conference and traveling team.

My research has three streams:

  • Human, national, and international security in theory and practice

  • State survival and death by conquest, union, revolution, and disintegration

  • International relations theory and methods

I have published articles and chapters on the causes of war, the political-military effects of the technological offense-defense-deterrence balance, and the causes, conduct, and consequences of the US wars in Kosovo and Iraq.

I am currently writing a book on Human, National, and International Security, 1800-2012.

Professional Biography  Download PDF

Education

Ph.D.   University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 2000

M.A.     University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 1989

B.A.      Stanford University, Political Science and Economics, 1986

Selected Publications

Policy Pieces

Invited Lectures

  • “Measuring Human, National, and International Security,” Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Faculty Colloquium, University of Montana, April 2013.

  • “Teaching Strategic Studies to Undergraduates,” Summer Workshop on Strategic Studies, Philip Merrill Center, Johns Hopkins University, Basin Harbor, Vermont, June 2011.

  • “International Politics and the Emerging International-Political System,” Ho Chi Minh Academy, Hanoi, Vietnam, January 2010.

  • “The Future of the US as a Great Power,” UM College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Salon, Seattle, June 2008.

  • “Lesser Goods in International Relations:  How to Live in and Improve the World as It Is,” Honors Symposium, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana, March 2010.

Media Appearances

Courses

  • International Security (PSCI 334)

  • Model United Nations (PSCI 337)

  • Graduate Seminar in International Relations (PSCI 530)

Additional Courses

  • Introduction to International Relations (PSCI 230)

  • American Foreign Policy (PSCI 335)

  • International Law and Organizations (PSCI 433)

Special Offerings

  • Food and Politics, Summer 2005

  • War and Politics in Europe, LSU in Paris, Summer 2003