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 conflict management (negotiation, mediation, and peace operations), foreign policy, security studies, and active learning pedagogy. He is a member of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association-Northeast as well as a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Series co-Editor of the International Studies Intensives book series with Routledge. In 2014-15, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of International Studies, University of Wroclaw in Poland.

Selected Publications

Deconstructing the Responsibility to Protect (forthcoming). London/New York: Routledge.

Global Politics: Applying Theory to a Complex World. New York: Oxford University Press (2020). (co-authored with M.A. Boyer and N.F. Hudson).

Securitization Revisited: Contemporary Applications and Insights. London/New York: Routledge (2019).

"Adaptive Peacemaking in Protracted Conflicts: IGAD Mediation in the Second Sudanese Civil War," Global Policy (special issue: New Diplomacy for New Conflicts), 10(2):93-100.  (2019).

"Searching for an Exit: The Effects of Contex, Process, and Structure on Crisis Negotiation," International Negotation 24(3):371-406. (2019).

"Separating from an Elephant: The Strategic Value of R2P to Canadian Foreign Policy," Canadian Journal on the Responsibility to Protect 1(1): 39-46. (2019).

"Managing or Resolving? Defining the Deal," in Zartman, I William (ed), How Negotiations End: Negotiating Behavior in the Endgame, pp. 164-184. Cambridge University Press. (2019).

Context, Process, and Structure: Correlates of Conflict Management in Foreign Policy Crisis,” Journal of Global Security Studies 3(2): 163-180 (2018).

“Diplomacy and Negotiation by the Numbers: More than an Art Form?” With M.A. Boyer. In Thompson, William R (ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press. (2017)

“Public Goods Liberalism: The Perils of Coalition Building,” in Sterling-Folker, Jennifer (ed.), Making Sense of International Relations Theory (2nd ed.), Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner (2013). (co-authored with M.A. Boyer).

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).

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).

International Conflict Management. Routledge (2009)

“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).