James Der Derian

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James Der Derian (born 1955) is a Watson Institute research professor of international studies and professor of political science at Brown University. In July 2004, he became the director of the Institute’s Global Security Program. Der Derian also directs the Information Technology, War, and Peace Project in the Watson Institute’s Global Security Program.

Der Derian was educated at McGill University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College at Oxford University, where he completed a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations. At Balliol, one of his primary tutors was Hedley Bull.

He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, MIT, Harvard, Oxford and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was also tenured at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

He is author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement (1987) and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War (1992); editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations (1995) and The Virilio Reader (1998); co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics (1989); Global Voices: Dialogues In International Relations (with others) (1993); and, Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (2001; 2nd edition, 2009). His most recent book is a collection of selected essays, titled Critical Practices of International Relations: Selected Essays (2009).

His articles on international relations have appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Affairs, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Millennium, Alternatives, Cultural Values, and Samtiden. His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Washington Quarterly, and Wired.

Der Derian also directed the 2010 film, Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic, with Michael Udris and David Udris.[1][2][3][4][5]

He is the recipient of the Bosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy and Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin from January - March 2011.


  1. ^ Der Derian et al. "Human Terrain the Movie". Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ IMDb. "Human Terrain (2010)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  3. ^ MacLeish, Kenneth (September 2011). "Is Empathy a Weapon?" (JSTOR). Anthropology Now 2 (1): 90–96. Retrieved 24 June 2012. Restricted Access 
  4. ^ Middup, Luke (2011). "James Der Derian, David Udris and Michael Udris, Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic – A Review". Journal of American Studies 45. doi:10.1017/S0021875811001228. 
  5. ^ Schwartzapfel, Beth (September–October 2010). "Hearts and Minds". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 

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