Cameron G Thies Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Cameron G Thies

Professor and Director
School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

I conduct research in the areas of state building in the developing world, interstate and civil conflict, international trade, and international relations theory. I have published in journal outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, World Politics, and International Studies Quarterly, among others. I edit the Role Theory and International Relations book series with Routledge.


I 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).

Personal Interests

    I like to travel to learn more about the world, its peoples and most importantly-- their food and what they drink!



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