International Relations

The pace and complexity of international relations in the twenty first century defies simple explanations. Unprecedented economic integration creates winners and losers. A broader array of threats to peace and security pose challenges to policymakers. International norms reach deeper, securing human rights and environmental protection.

Todd Sechser
Todd Sechser presents an introductory session on "Experiments in Conflict and Violence" to the Quantitative Collaborative, students, faculty, and visitors from the National Ground Intelligence Center.

UVa’s International Relations scholars tackle these complexities with creativity and analytical rigor. Our substantive expertise covers the full range of international affairs including military conflict and nuclear proliferation; international trade and finance; international institutions and order; and the culture, language, and politics of every major region in the world.  Our varied analytical tools include, statistical analyses, a variety of qualitative methods, and game theoretic models. Combined, these tools reveal and make sense of the multi-faceted puzzles we face. Interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars across Grounds continually invigorates our research.

As teachers, we bring this expertise and skill into the classroom.  We cultivate in our students the same creativity and rigor that guides our scholarship so that they are equipped to meet the challenges of a deeply connected and rapidly changing world.

We take pride in training future generations of International Relations scholars. Our graduate IR curriculum is organized around a three-course sequence that includes IR Theory, International Security, and International Political Economy.  Students take these courses concurrent with the department’s methodology courses.  After PhD students advance to candidacy they present dissertation research in an on-going, faculty-led seminar – an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow as a scholar.  Our students routinely interact with prominent IR scholars from around the world in the department’s Lansing-Lee/Bankard Seminar and the Miller Center’s GAGE Colloquium. Our graduates are recruited by leading universities and colleges, governments, think tanks, and the private sector.

We invite you to further explore International Relations at the University of Virginia.