Christopher David LaRoche


Research & Publications









I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta's China Institute and the  Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict, and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs. I work on geopolitics, military intervention, and international legitimacy. My dissertation examines how great powers use geopolitical elements of world politics, like spheres of influence, to legitimize their military interventions and delegitimize others. I also work on humanitarian intervention, international political theory, and historical international relations. I hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia.


My article with Joseph MacKay, Why is there no Reactionary International Theory, can be viewed at International Studies Quarterly.

My article with Simon Frankel Pratt, Kenneth Waltz is not a neorealist (and why that matters), can be viewed at OnlineFirst at the European Journal of International Relations.

My article with Joseph MacKay, The conduct of history in International Relations, is available through FirstView at International Theory.

China Institute
University of Alberta
203 Telus Centre
87 Avenue & 111 Street
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2R1

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