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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Research
Interests
International Relations (theory, organization, law), Religion and Ethics, Social Movements and Civil Society Actors (on peace, security, globalization, humanitarianism, and religion), Humanitarianism
   
URL Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog
   
Academic
Distinctions
J. Ann Tickner Award of the International Studies Association, in recognition of “bravery in pursuing high-quality, pioneering scholarship that pushes the boundaries of the discipline with a deep commitment to service, especially teaching and mentoring” (ISA website), Co-winner, 2014

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.

Research Awards:
Post-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, spring 2016
Henry Luce Foundation Religion and International Affairs Program Grant for “The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa” Blog, 2015-2018
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 is currently a member of the Africa Working Group on Authority, Identity, and Community, of the Contending Modernities Project at the University of Notre Dame.
She 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/)
   
Research
Abstract
Cecelia Lynch works on religion, ethics and humanitarianism 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 co-authored Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations, 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 also published Interpreting International Politics (2014). She is currently completing a book on tensions in Christian ethics over the use of violence, and has completed research for a book on interfaith, Christian, and Islamic humanitarianism, for which she has conducted 200 interviews in West/Central and East Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. She co-founded and co-edits the blog, Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa, at http://blogs.uci.edu/cihablog/, to bring critical and religious voices into debates about humanitarianism, representation, and decoloniality in Africa. She is beginning a new project on gender, religion and modernity in Cameroon.
   
Publications Interpreting International Politics, New York and London: Routledge, 2014
   
  Humanitarianism’s Proselytism Problem, co-authored journal article with Tanya B. Schwarz, International Studies Quarterly, on-line version published August 2016; print version December 2016
   
  Religious Communities and Possibilities for ‘Justpeace,’ book chapter in Atalia Omer, David Little, and R. Scott Appleby, eds., Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015: 597-612
   
  A Neo-Weberian Approach to Studying Religion and Violence, journal article, Millenium – Journal of International Studies (Sept. 2014): 43:273-290
   
  Neoliberal Ethics, the Humanitarian International, and Practices of Peacebuilding,
book chapter, in Jackie Smith and Ernesto Verdeja, eds., Globalization, Peacebuilding,and Social Movements, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013: 47-68
   
  Realism and Religion in a World Come of Age, book chapter, in Jodok Troy, ed., Religion and the Realist Tradition,” New York: Routledge, 2013
   
  Peace Movements, Civil Society, and the Development of International Law, book chapter, in Anne Peters et al, The Oxford History of International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012: 198-221, book awarded Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law, American Society of International Law (ASIL), 2014
   
  Christian Ethics, Actors, and Diplomacy: Mediating Universalist Pretentions, International Journal, special issue on Changing Diplomacies edited by Iver Neumann, Vincent Pouliot, and Ole Jacob Sending (summer 2011): 613-628
   
  Local and Global Influences on Islamic NGOs in Kenya, journal article, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 6;1 (2011): 1-14
   
  – Religious Humanitarianism and the Global Politics of Secularism, book chapter, in Mark Juergensmeyer and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, eds., Rethinking Secularism in International Affairs, Oxford University Press, 2011
   
  "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 Co-Editor, www.cihablog.com
   
  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
   
Henry Luce Foundation Religion and International Affairs Program Grant for “The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa” Blog, 2015-2018
   
Contending Modernities award for project, Gender, Authority, Community: Religious Women Constructing Modernity in Cameroon, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2016-2018
   
Post-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellowship, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, spring 2016
   
Professional
Societies
International Studies Association, American Political Science Association, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Academic Council on the UN System
African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA)
American Association of Religion (AAR)
African Studies Association (ASA)
   
   
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Last updated 04/17/2017