Cecelia M. Lynch

Professor, Political Science
School of Social Sciences

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.(1993), Columbia University, Political Science

A.B., Drake University, Phi Beta Kappa, International Relations and French

Certificat, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris

Phone: (949) 824-2745
Fax: (949) 824-8762
Email: clynch@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

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International Relations (theory, organization, law), Religion and Ethics, Social Movements and Civil Society Actors (on peace, security, globalization, humanitarianism, and religion)
Book Awards:
Winner of 1999 Furniss Award for best first book on International Security from Mershon Center for International Security; co-winner of 1998-99 Myrna Bernath award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, both for "Beyond Appeasement: Interpreting Interwar Peace Movements in World Politics," Cornell UP, 1999.

Recent Research Awards:
Andrew W. Mellon "New Directions" Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2006-2009, for research on "Islamic and Interfaith Religious Ethics in World Crises"
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2004-2005, for book on Christian religious ethics and world politics
Mellon Fellowship at the Huntington Library, 2004-5, for research on religious ethics and violence during the Mission period
Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship on International Research, 1999
SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship on Peace and Security in a Changing World, 1996-1998

Mentoring Awards:
Society for Women in International Political Economy Mentoring Award for 2003
Women's Caucus of the American Political Science Association Mentoring Award, 2003

Professor Lynch was also a member of the 2006-2008 Working Group on Religion, Secularism, and International Affairs of the Social Science Research Council (www.programs.ssrc.org/religion/wg/)
Cecelia Lynch works on religion and ethics in international affairs, social movements and civil society organizations, and interpretive/qualitative methods in social science research. Her first book, "Beyond Appeasement," took issue with traditional interpretations of realism and idealism by examining interwar peace movements in Britain and the U.S., and assessing at their role in providing the normative underpinnings for the continuation of global international organization from the League of Nations to the UN. Her co-edited book with Michael Loriaux takes a critical perspective on the foundations of international law, asking what kind of moral order does international law represent, and what are the goods entailed in this order. Her newest book, co-authored with Audie Klotz, is the first book on the constructivist approach in international relations to analyze substantive issues, methodology, and research design together, and has also been published in Korean. She is currently completing a book on tensions in Christian ethics over the use of violence in the twentieth-century, and is researching another, "Islamic and Interfaith Religious Ethics in World Crises" on interfaith, Christian, and Islamic humanitarianism, for which she has conducted thus far 140 interviews in West/Central and East Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. She also edits the blog, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa, at http://blogs.uci.edu/cihablog/. Her articles address how we analyze religion in world politics, Islamic NGOs in Kenya, Christian diplomacy, the role of social movements and civil society actors on peace, globalization, humanitarianism, and religious/secular ethics, the relationship between contemporary theological constructs and international relations, constructivist ethics in international politics, substantive issues in qualitative and interpretive research methods, and the use of E.H. Carr and Immanuel Kant in international relations theory.
Publications "A Neo-Weberian Approach to Religion in International Politics," International Theory (IT), 1:3, November 2009, 381-408,
  "Religious Humanitarianism and the Global Politics of Secularism," in Mark Juergensmeyer and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, eds., Rethinking Secularism in International Affairs, Oxford University Press 2011
  "Translating Terminologies," with Audie Klotz. International Studies Review, 8:2, (June 2006).
  Beyond Appeasement: Interpreting Interwar Peace Movements in World Politics. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1999. Winner, Edgar J. Furniss Prize, Mershon Center on International Security; Co-winner, Myrna Bernath Prize, SHAFR
  Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa, blog editor, http://blogs.uci.edu/cihablog/
  On Rules, Politics, and Knowledge: Friedrich Kratochwil and the Study of International Relations, co-edited with Oliver Kessler, Rodney Bruce Hall, and Nicholas Onuf, forthcoming, Palgrave-MacMillan
  Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations, with Audie Klotz. M.E. Sharpe, 2007; Korean edition forthcoming with Kyung Hee University Press, translated by Jooyoun Lee and Hyuk-Sang Sohn
  (co-ed. with Michael Loriaux) Law and Moral Action in World Politics. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.
  "So Close and Yet So Far," in "Haiti: Now and Next" Social Science Research Council, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere, blog, http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2010/02/28/so-close/
  "Religion, Identity, and the War on Terror: Insights from Religious Humanitarianism," in Patrick James, ed., Religion, Identity, and Global Governance, University of Toronto Press, 2010
  "Liberalism and the Contradictions of Global Civil Society," in Antonio Franschaset, ed., The Ethics of Global Governance, Lynne Rienner, 2009
  "Appeasement: Policies and Mythologies," in Nigel Young, ed., International Encyclopedia of Peace, Oxford University Press, 2009
  "Reflexivity in Research on Civil Society: Constructivist Perpsectives," International Studies Review, 10:4, December 2008
  "Critical Interpretation and Interwar Peace Movements: Challenging Dominant Narratives," in Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, eds., Interpretation and Method, M.E. Sharpe, 2006.
  Public Spheres Transnationalized: Comparisons Within and Between Muslim Majority Societies," in Armando Salvatore and Mark LeVine, eds., Religion, Social Practice, and Contested Hegemonies: Reconstructing the Public Sphere in Muslim Majority Societies, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2005.
  "The 'R' Word, Narrative, and Perestroika: A Critique of Language and Method," in Kristin Renwick Monroe, ed. Perestroika! The Raucous Rebellion in Political Science. Yale UP, 2005.
  "Dogma, Praxis, and Religious Perspectives on Multiculturalism," Millenium, Journal of International Studies, 4 (2000).
  "Acting on Belief: Christian Perspectives on Suffering and Violence," Ethics & International Affairs, 14 (2000).
  "The Promise and Problems of Internationalism," Global Governance, 5 (1999).
  "Le constructivisme dans la theorie des relations internationales," with Audie Klotz, Critique Internationale, Journal of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, 2 (1999).
  "Social Movements and the Problem of 'Globalization'," Alternatives, (1998).
  "E.H. Carr, International Relations Theory, and the Societal Origins of International Legal Norms," Millenium, Journal of International Studies, 3 (1994).
  "Kant, the Republican Peace, and Moral Guidance in International Law," Ethics & International Affairs, 8 (1994).
Grants American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2004-2005 Huntington Library Mellon Fellowship, 2004-2005
Andrew W. Mellon, "New Directions" Fellowship, for project on "Islamic and Interfaith Religious Ethics in World Crises (one of 10 awarded nation-wide in the social sciences and humanities), 2006-2008
International Studies Association, American Political Science Association, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Academic Council on the UN System
Research Center Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
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