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Steven Roach

Professor and SIGS Graduate Director


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. He teaches on a variety of subjects, including international relations theory, human rights, and political inquiry, and has published numerous books and articles on politics and international affairs. In 2020, he served as Country Expert of the USAID Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Assessment (DRGA) team in South Sudan.

His research focuses on the politics of international law, critical international relations theory, global ethics, East African 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 co-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 is a Senior Adviser to Pathfinder Strategic Services and former member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of Tampa. 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: New Leviathan: Covid-19, Authoritarian Politics, and Human Rights, and Nile Politics: Water Security, Development, and the New Riparian Reality (ed.) His future project will be an extensive book on American Decency and its origins and politics.

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