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Steven Roach



Home Campus: Tampa
Office: SOC 358
Telephone: (813) 974-9753

Office Hours: By appointment


Steven C. Roach is Professor of International Relations and Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida. A Fulbright Scholar and Honorary Professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain (2020-21), he has published numerous books and articles on politics and international affairs. In 2020, he was appointed Country Expert of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) assessment team in South Sudan. The assessment report was presented to the U.S. State Department and Congress and currently serves as the basis of USAID’s five-year strategic mission in the country. At the University of South Florida, he teaches on a variety of subjects, including international relations theory, human rights, global governance, African politics, and the foundations of political inquiry.

Professor Roach’s research focuses on the politics of international law, critical international relations, global ethics, East African politics (South Sudan), European politics, human rights, and global governance. Among his recent books are South Sudan’s Fateful Struggle: Building Peace in a State of War (Oxford University Press, 2021, forthcoming), Moral Responsibility in Twenty-First Century Warfare: Just War Theory and the Ethical Challenges of Autonomous Weapons Systems (eds) (SUNY Press, 2020), Handbook of Critical International Relations (ed.) (Edward Elgar, 2020), Decency and Difference: Humanity and the Global Challenge of Identity Politics  (University of Michigan Press, 2019), The Challenge of Governance in South Sudan: Corruption, Peacekeeping and Foreign Intervention (eds.) (Routledge, 2019), International Relations: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2014), Critical Theory of International Politics: Complementarity, Justice, and Governance (Routledge, 2010), and Governance, Order, and the International Criminal Court: Between Realpolitik and a Cosmopolitan Court (ed.)(Oxford University Press, 2009). He has also published articles in several leading journals, including International Affairs, Global Governance, Political Studies, Globalizations, Politics, Millennium, International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the International Journal of Human Rights, and Journal of Human Rights, among others, and contributed commissioned articles to edited volumes on international law and international relations theory. His books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Portuguese, and Turkish.

Currently, he is the Editor of the SUNY book series, “Ethics and the Challenges of Contemporary Warfare” and serves on the editorial board of four academic journals, Globalizations, Politics and Governance, Human Rights and Human Welfare, and The Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Brill book series “Critical Emotions Studies” and the global advisory board of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies and serves as a Senior Adviser to Pathfinder Strategic Services. In addition, he has written various op-ed essays that have appeared in Foreign Affairs, African Arguments, openDemocracy, Journal of International Affairs, Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, and the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He is presently working on two books: Authoritarian Populism: Freedom of Movement and the Struggle for Humanitarian Order, and Nile Basis Politics: Water Security, Development, and the New Riparian Reality (ed.) His planned project will be an extensive book provisional titled American Decency.

Areas of Expertise

Global Ethics, Human Rights, Global Governance, Critical International Theory, the International Criminal Court, South Sudan, and East African Politics

Graduate Students

Yavuz Akdag, Sina Azodi, Shomik Chakrabarti, James Libengood, Abidemi Bid Ologunde