Joseph MacKay

Dr Joseph MacKay

Research Fellow


BA(Hons) (Dalhousie University & University of King’s College, Halifax), LLM (University of Kent at Brussels), PhD (Toronto)

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Joseph MacKay

Joseph MacKay is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations. His research focuses on historical international hierarchies, at both the micro and macro levels, as well as on a variety of IR-theoretic and qualitative methodological issues.

He holds a PhD in Political Science, specialising on international relations and political theory, from the University of Toronto (2015) and was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University (2015-17). His doctoral research concerned individual-level learning about complex policy problems, with a focus on counterinsurgent warfare. His more recent work concerns empires and political legitimacy, with a mind to comparing the historical Euro-Atlantic and East Asian experiences.

Joseph’s research has appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Central Asian Survey, and Social Science History, and with co-authors in International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of International Relations and Development, International Studies Review, Terrorism and Political Violence, International Peacekeeping, International Politics, and International Theory.


Joseph teaches the graduate courses World Politics INTR8036/8071 (Semester 1, 2021) and Pandemic Politics INTR8018 (Semester 1, 2021).

Make America Great Again

Writing Reaction into Theory

International Relations Theory has tended to overlook political reaction, prompting Dr Joseph MacKay to ask why in a recent landmark journal article.

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