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Steven  Roach

Steven Roach

Steven Roach
Associate Professor


Office: SOC 374
Phone: 813/974-9753



Dr. Steven C. Roach is Associate Professor of International Politics in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. He graduated from Colgate University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Florida, he was a lecturer at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he taught on nationalism, minority rights, ethnic conflict, ethical issues, and international law. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a director of grass-roots political campaigns and as a news reporter. At the University of South Florida, he teaches undergraduate courses on international human rights and international organizations, and graduate seminars in global governance, international relations theory, human rights in theory and practice, nationalism, and political inquiry.

Professor Roach's research interests lie in the areas of international human rights, the intersection of politics and international law (with a particular focus on the International Criminal Court), critical international relations theory, and global governance. Among his books are Critical Theory of International Politics: Complementarity, Justice, and Governance (Routledge, 2010), Governance, Order, and the International Criminal Court: Between Realpolitik and a Cosmopolitan Court (ed.)(Oxford, 2009), Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations (Routledge, 2009)(with Martin Griffiths and M. Scott Solomon), International Relations: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2008, 2014) (with Martin Griffiths and Terry O'Callaghan), Critical Theory and International Relations: A Reader (ed.) (Routledge, 2008), Politicizing the International Criminal Court: The Convergence of Politics, Ethics, and Law (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), and Cultural Autonomy, Minority Rights and Globalization (Ashgate, 2005). He has also published numerous articles in various professional, peer-reviewed journals, including Political Studies, Millennium, Global Governance, International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Alternatives, International Politics, Journal of Human Rights, The International Journal of Human Rights, International Criminal Law Review, among others, and contributed several commissioned articles to edited volumes on international law and international relations theory. His books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Portuguese, and Turkish.

He currently serves on the editorial board of three professional journals, Globalizations, Human Rights and Human Welfare, and the Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies, and advises and consults various groups and outside organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of Tampa, and has been invited to speak at numerous local and international venues. He has also served as President of the Colgate University Alumni Association of Northern California, receiving an award for most revitalized chapter. Presently, he is working on two book projects: A Decent World Society: Realizing Human Rights and the Emotive State of Equal Dignity, which critically examines the evolution of decency as a substantive principle in the international human rights movement; and South Sudan Since Independence, which analyzes the politics and challenges of Africa's newest nation. Projects in the conceptual phase include The Emergence of a Global Decent Society: From Modern Times to the Information Age, which will assess the historical evolution and political meaning of human decency from modern times to the present, and On the Freedom of Movement.


Human Rights, Global Governance, Global Ethics, Critical International Theory, International Organizations, International Criminal Court, East African Politics and Security, and Normative Political Theory.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
83148POS 6971008Thesis: Master's


89865POS 7980001Dissertation

TBA 100