Faculty Biography

Michael Butler

Michael Butler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610

Phone: 508-793-7186
Email: mbutler@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Political Science, University of Connecticut, 1994
M.P.M., Public Policy, University of Maryland, 1996
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2004


Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Butler has been at Clark since 2006. His research and teaching interests converge in the areas of conflict and cooperation, foreign policy, and global governance. He specializes in the study of foreign policy, armed conflict and military intervention, and conflict management and resolution.

Selected Publications

Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World. New York: McGraw-Hill (2013). (co-authored with M.A. Boyer and N.F. Hudson).

Selling a Just War: Framing, Legitimacy, and US Military Intervention. Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

Ten Years After: (Re) Assessing Neo-Trusteeship and UN Statebuilding in Timor-Leste,International Studies Perspectives 13(1): 85-104 (2012).

International Conflict Management. Routledge (2009)

The State of Experimental Research in IR: An Analytical Survey”, International Studies Review 12(2): 165-192. 2010. (co-authored with N. Hudson).

“International Negotiation in a Foreign Policy Context”, in Robert Denemark et.al. (eds.), The International Studies Compendium. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2010. (co-authored with M.A. Boyer).

“Public Goods Liberalism: The Perils of Coalition Building,” in Jennifer Sterling Folker (ed.), Making Sense of International Relations Theory (2nd ed.), Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner (2012). (co-authored with M.A. Boyer).

“Gender and Negotiation: Some Experimental Findings from an International Negotiation Simulation,” International Studies Quarterly 53(1): 23-47. 2009. (co-authored with Boyer, M.A., Urlacher, B., Hudson, N.F., Niv-Solomon, A., Janik, L.L, Brown, S.W. and A. Ioannou).

“Process and Politics in Statebuilding Operations: Lessons Learned from Bosnia and Iraq,” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding Vol. 2 (3): 398-402, Fall 2008.

“Crisis Bargaining and Third-Party Mediation: Bridging the Gap,” International Negotiation 12(2): 249-274, 2007.

“Experimenting with Global Governance: Understanding the Potential for Generational Change,” Globalisation, Societies, and Education vol. 5(2): 153-180, 2007. (co-authored with Boyer, M.A., Brown, S.W., Hudson, N., Johnson, P.R., Lima, C., Niv-Solomon, A. and B. Urlacher).

“Searching for Common Sense: Tracing the Roots of George W. Bush’s War Rhetoric,” in Ernest Hakanen and Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood (eds.), Signs of War: From Patriotism to Dissent (pp.95-122).New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

"Elephants of a Feather? The Role of 'Justice' in U.S. and Canadian Cold War Military Intervention Decisions," Canadian Journal of Political Science vol. 38 (1): 101-127, 2005.

"Public Goods Liberalism: The Problems of Collective Action", in Jennifer Sterling-Folker (ed.), Making Sense of International Relations Theory, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2005. (co-authored with M.A. Boyer).

"Educating for Global Awareness: Implications for Governance and Generational Change," Global Change, Peace and Security, 16(1): 73-77, 2004. (co-authored with Boyer, M.A., Brown, S.W., Florea, N.B, Hernandez, M., Johnson, P.R., Ming, L., and C. Lima).

"U.S. Military Intervention 1945-1994: An Empirical Inquiry in Just War Theory," Journal of Conflict Resolution vol. 47(2): 226-248, Spring 2003.

"Bosnian Peacekeeping and EU Tax Harmony: Evolving Policy Frames and Changing Policy Processes," International Journal, vol.58(2): 389-416, 2003. (co-authored with M.A. Boyer).