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Global Governance and the Idea of a World State, 1850-1950 [Research Assistant]

Professor: Theo Christov
Department: Honors/History/Elliott School

Title: Global Governance and the Idea of a World State, 1850-1950

Description: The proposed project lays the foundations for a book project on the idea of global governance in the period 1850-1950, when proposals supporting the creation of governing institutions that would be supranational and universal emerged. Many of these proposals advanced the creation of a global political order, where governments shared sovereignty with some sort of a new world state, and where nation-states were no longer capable of responding to the demands of the modern world. The project involves creating an extensive bibliography on the subject by generating an extensive set of summaries/abstracts of articles and books.

Duties: The RA will be responsible for reading books and chapters and summarizing the main points in an extensive bibliographical set. Readings will be drawn mostly from history, political theory, and international relations. The preferred candidate will have some familiarity with history and international relations. The RA should have critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to identify relevant research material, read through it, systematize it, and provide a succinct abstract of numerous articles and book. Attention to detail in reading, creativity in writing and interest in developing a research agenda will be considered major assets. Depending on interest and availability of the RA, I will certainly consider a credit hour option.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week (average)

Credit hour option*: 2

Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: christov@gwu.edu

*If credit is sought, all registration deadlines and requirements must be met.  Students selected to be research assistants should contact Catherine Chandler at cbrady@gwu.edu whether they intend to pursue credit or not.