Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Senior Lecturer in International Relations and the Politics of Developing Countries

1 West North 2.9
Email: s.m.thomas@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4508

Profile

Dr Scott Thomas is an American who lectures in International Relations and the Politics of Developing Countries. He studied in the School of International Service at the American University, Washington, DC before going to the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics for his MSc and PhD.

He taught at universities in the United States, Switzerland, and South Africa before coming to Bath in 1994 where he is a permanent member of the teaching staff.

At Bath he teaches a variety of courses on international relations.

Dr Thomas has a research programme which centres on how the global resurgence of culture and religion have transformed international relations. It challenges the existing constructions of culture, religion, and identity, and examines the impact of culture and religion on key areas in international relations - conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, peace-making, inter-religious dialogue, and economic development.

He writes for a variety of journals, and speaks widely on the role of religion in international relations today to both academic organizations, such as the International Studies Association, and to a variety of NGOs, governments, religious groups, and other organizations.

Recent speaking engagements include the Dutch and Canadian foreign ministries, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, the Netherlands Chapter of the Society for International Development, the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and Sandhurst, the Royal Military Academy.

He is a contributing editor to The Review of Faith & International Affairs, and is also involved in inter-religious dialogue between British Catholics and a variety of Shia clerics from Iran sponsored by Heythop College, the University of London.

Research Interests

  • the global resurgence of religion and the transformation of international relations
  • impact of culture and religion on conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, peace-making, inter-religious dialogue, and economic development

Publications

Book/s

Thomas, S. M., 2005. The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan.

Thomas, S. M., 1996. The Diplomacy of Liberation: the Foreign Relations of the African National Congress since 1960. I. B. Tauris.

Book Sections

Thomas, S. and O'Mahony, A., 2014. Postsecularity and the Contending Visions of the European Political Imagination. In: Mavelli, L. and Petito, F., eds. Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power. New York, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 105-128.

Thomas, S. M., 2010. Diplomacy and religion. In: Denemark, R. A., ed. The International Studies Encyclopedia. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1097-1103.

Thomas, S. M., 2010. Response: reading religion rightly — the “clash of rival apostasies” amidst the global resurgence of religion. In: Chaplain, J. and Joustra, R., eds. God and global order: the power of religion in US Foreign policy. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, pp. 187-204.

Thomas, S. M., 2008. Isaiah's vision of human security: virtue-ethics and international politics in the ancient Near East. In: Cohen, R. and Westbrook, R., eds. Isaiah's vision of peace in biblical and modern international relations: swords into plowshares. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 169-180. (Culture and religion in international relations)

Thomas, S. M., 2006. Cultural resistance to American political values: a global perspective. In: Fabrini, S. and Gilbert, F., eds. The United States Contested. London: Routledge, pp. 196-213.

Thomas, S. M., 2006. Morality & praxis in the Catholic tradition? In: Mohammad, A.-S., Mahoney, A. O. and Peterburs, W., eds. A Catholic-Shia Engagement: Faith & Reason in Theory and Practice. London: Melisende, pp. 103-124.

Thomas, S. M., 2003. Taking religious and cultural pluralism seriously. In: Hatzopoulos, P. and Petito, F., eds. Religion and International Relations: The Return from Exile. New York: Palgrave, pp. 21-54.

Thomas, S. M., 2001. The global resurgence of religion and the changing character of international politics. In: Stockhouse, M. L. and Obenchain, D., eds. God and Globalization: Christ and the Dominions of Civilization.Vol. 3. Trinity Press International, pp. 21-54. (God and Globalization)

Thomas, S. M., 2000. Religious resurgence, postmodernism and world politics. In: Watson, M. and Esposito, J., eds. Religion and Global Order. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 38-65.

Thomas, S. M., 2000. Religion and international conflict. In: Dark, K., ed. Religion and International Relations. Basingstoke: Macmillian, pp. 1-23.

Articles

Thomas, S., 2015. Rethinking religious violence: Towards a mimetic theory approach to violence in international relations. Journal of International Political Theory, 11 (1), pp. 61-79.

Petito, F. and Thomas, S. M., 2015. Encounter, dialogue and knowledge:Italy as a special case of religious engagement in foreign policy. The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 13 (2), pp. 40-51.

Thomas, S., 2015. Forthcoming. St. Francis and Islam:a critical appraisal for contemporary muslim-christian relations, Middle East politics, and international relations. International Affairs

Thomas, S., 2014. Culture, Religion, and Violence: Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43 (1), pp. 308-327.

Thomas, S., 2014. The religious turn in the study of international relations. The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 12 (4), pp. 76-82.

Thomas, S. M., 2010. Catholic social teaching, Macintyre's social theory, and and global development. The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 8 (4), pp. 23-34.

Thomas, S. M., 2010. Living critically and living faithfully in a global age: forum on theological and secular conceptions of justice and emancipation in international relations. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 39 (2), pp. 505-524.

Thomas, S. M., 2010. A globalized God:Religion's growing influence in international politics. Foreign Affairs, 89 (6), pp. 93-101.

Thomas, S. M., 2010. Religions and global security. Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali, 12, pp. 4-21.

Thomas, S. M., 2009. Global trends in religious identity. Horizons, 10 (2), pp. 14-18.

Thomas, S. M., 2009. The 'level of analysis' and the future international politics of religious identity. Horizons, 10 (2), pp. 50-58.

Thomas, S. M., 2007. Outwitting the developed countries? Existential insecurity and the global resurgence of religion. Journal of International Affairs, 61 (1), pp. 21-46.

Thomas, S. M., 2004. Building communities of character: U.S. foreign aid policy and faith-based organizations. SAIS Review, 24 (2), pp. 133-148.

Thomas, S. M., 2004. Faith and foreign aid: how the World Bank got religion. The Brandywine Review of Faith & International Affairs, 2 (2), pp. 21-29.

Thomas, S. M., 2001. Can the West and the Islam live together? The Tablet, 2001 (6 Oct).

Thomas, S. M., 2001. Faith, history and Martin Wight: the role of religion in the historical sociology of the English School of International Relations. International Affairs, 77 (4), pp. 905-929.

Thomas, S. M., 2001. Wealth won't make them liberals. The Church Times

Thomas, S. M., 2000. Taking religious and cultural pluralism seriously: the global resurgence of religion and the transformation of international society. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 29 (3), pp. 815-841.

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