Cameron G Thies
BiographyI am the Co-Editor, with Juliet Kaarbo, of the Routledge series Role Theory and International Relations. We created this series with the help of Steve Walker and others as a result of a resurgence of interest in foreign policy role theory. Part of this resurgence began in Germany, where Sebastian Harnisch convened a conference that ended up producing the edited volume Role Theory in International Relations (Routledge, 2011), and part began in the U.S. where I organized an ISA Workshop that ultimately led to the publication of a special issue in Foreign Policy Analysis. Of course, I do work in many other areas of IR, but I am proud to have helped reinvigorate this area of study since I believe role theory is an excellent way to think about state identity and it helps to integrate the study of foreign policy and international relations.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I work primarily in the subfields of international relations and comparative politics within political science as it is conducted in the United States. Having said that, I view IR as much broader than the traditional political science view of it as a subfield. I have made contributions to many areas in IR, including IR theory, disciplinary history, foreign policy analysis, international political economy, and conflict studies. I also routinely draw on theories and methods from other disciplines, including economics, history, psychology and sociology (particularly social psychology).
I like to travel to learn more about the world, its peoples and most importantly-- their food and what they drink!