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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 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 grass-roots political coordinator. 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, national identity, and political inquiry.

Professor Roach's research interests lie in the areas of international human rights (minority rights), the politics of international criminal law with a particular focus on the International Criminal Court (ICC), critical international relations theory, and global governance. His research approach consists of three broad objectives: (1) bridging theory and practice in international relations; (2) conceptualizing the ethical groundwork of global institutions and rights; (3) and exploring the evolving, historical tensions between cosmopolitan norms and state politics. 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) (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, Global Governance, Millennium, International Studies Perspectives, Alternatives, International Politics, Journal of Human Rights, The International Journal of Human Rights, Human Rights Review, and contributed several articles to edited volumes on international law and international relations theory.

Currently, he serves on the editorial board of two professional journals, Globalizations and Human Rights and Human Welfare, and advises and consults various groups and outside organizations. He is also a frequent reviewer of manuscripts and proposals for top-tiered journals, academic presses, and funding organizations. Presently, he is working on two book projects: The Politics of Decency: From Christian Humanism to the Information Age, which assesses the evolution and political meaning of decency; and Governing Morality: The Challenges and Promises of Instituting and Enforcing Ethical Principles in Global Politics, which critically examines the ethical and moral constructs of international relations.


International Law and Politics – Human Rights and Globalization – International Critical Theory.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
12863INR 4502001International Organizations
SOC 128
22783POS 6909005Independent Study
TBA 100
20835POS 6919001Directed Research
23222POS 6933022Sel Topics/Human Rights
SOC 366
17029POS 6971006Thesis: Master's
TBA 100
22730POS 7910001Dir. Independent Research
TBA 100
22520POS 7980005Dissertation