Jack Amoureux


Teacher/Scholar Post Doc.


Office: Kirby 309
Phone: 758-2314
Email: amourejl@wfu

Areas of Expertise: Ethics in World Politics; Theories of Inernational Relations; Reflexivity; Technology and War; Time and Space in IR

Jack Amoureux is a Teacher/Scholar postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University.  Amoureux received his PhD from Brown University and is from Boise, Idaho.  His areas of interest include ethics in world politics, international relations theory, security, and U.S. foreign policy.  Amoureux’s specific topics of investigation have included violence and war-fighting, emerging technologies of war (e.g., drones and cyber-warfare), reflexivity, notions of time and space, human rights NGOs, the politics of peacekeeping in the United Nations, foreign policy leadership, and the role of non-state actors in the just war tradition. Amoureux also specializes in the scholarship of Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, and Michel Foucault.  He has published in International RelationsMillennium: Journal of International Studies, and the edited volume Ethics, Authority and War: Non-State Actors in the Just War Tradition.  Amoureux has two forthcoming books with Routledge Press: A Practice of Ethics for Global Politics: Ethical Reflexivity, which is the International Studies Association 2014 Northeast Book Circle Honoree, and Reflexivity in International Relations: Positionality, Critique and Practice (edited with Brent J. Steele). Amoureux is also Chair of the LGBTQA Caucus of the International Studies Association and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Narrative Politics.

Ph.D.   2011, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
M.A.    2002, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
M.P.A.  2001, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
B.S.    1999, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Academic Appointments
Teacher/Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow, Wake Forest University, Department of Politics and International Affairs, 2013-2015
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, Department of Politics and International Affairs, 2012-2013
Part-Time Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, Department of Politics and International Affairs, 2011-2012
Assistant Professor (term), American University, School of International Service, 2010-2011


“Just War and Competence”, International Relations, March 2014: http://ire.sagepub.com/content/28/1/67.abstract

A Practice of Ethics for Global Politics: Ethical Reflexivity (Routledge Press, forthcoming): http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415746908/

Reflexivity and International Relations, (Routledge Press, forthcoming): http://www.psypress.com/books/details/9781138789227/

“’Justice is Conscience’: Hizbollah, Israel, and the Perversity of Just War in the 21st Century”, In B.J. Steele and E. Heinze, eds. Ethics, Authority and War: Non-State Actors in the Just War Tradition (Palgrave Press, 2009): http://books.google.com/books/about/Ethics_Authority_and_War.html?id=8Zdk7xqxGW0C

“NGOs and Monitoring Genocide: The Benefits and Limits to Panopticism,” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 34 No. 2 (2006): 401-432, http://mil.sagepub.com/content/34/2/403.abstract

Media Articles and Appearances:

‘America is Asking all the Wrong Questions about Drones’ U.S. News and World Report (19 March 2013)

‘Are U.S. Drones Ethical?’ Christian Science Monitor (1 April 2013)

‘Buckley Report: Keeping Secrets’ Fox 8 News WGHP (13 June 2013)

POL 269 Agency and Ethics: Aristotle, Arendt, and Foucault

In this course we will examine the question of what it means to be an agent and to exercise ethical agency through the work of three theorists: Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, and Michel Foucault.  In addition to their theoretical arguments about ethical judgment and its political and social context, we will be especially interested in Arendt’s coverage of the Eichmann trial for The New Yorker, Foucault’s interviews on the political issues of his day such as the Iranian revolution and sexual politics, and the examples Aristotle gave of ethical judgment and the obligations of speaker and audience.  To consider some of the contemporary challenges to ethical agency in the context of organizational and political cultures we’ll read The Interrogator: An Education by Glenn Carle, a former CIA officer involved in the interrogation of a man identified as a ‘High Valued Target’ in the War on Terror, and The Politics of Exile by Elizabeth Dauphinee, who has written on the ethics of research.

POL 264 Ethical Dilemmas in International Politics

This class equips students with the conceptual and theoretical tools to identify ethical dilemmas in global politics and foreign policy decisions, inquire into how ethics has been attended to, and consider how practices and traditions of ethics might be transformed. The issues we will examine include: development, foreign aid and global distributive justice; when and how to conduct war; human rights and humanitarian intervention; weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons; non-state actors and violence; whistleblowing and individual responsibility; trauma and the challenges of societal healing; punishment and justice; and the role of technology and simulation in international conflict. In examining these issues we will be attentive to the relationship between power, interests, and normative beliefs.

POL 252 Human Rights

This course explores the politics and theory of international human rights. We begin the course by asking whether we can speak of human rights as universal or as relative to culture. We then explore the politics of defining an international norm of human rights, considering Western proposals and their challengers. We survey the successes and failures of human rights global governance, including the emergence and institutionalization of a human rights norm, responsiveness to gross violations of human rights such as genocide, and efforts to punish human rights violators through ad hoc courts and the International Criminal Court. Drawing on a variety of historical and contemporary cases we examine the role of states, NGOs and international organizations in the promotion and enforcement of human rights. Finally, we consider how well theories of International Relations explain the politics of human rights. Some of the topics covered include genocide, labor practices and development, torture, humanitarian intervention, the rights of women and children, and the International Criminal Court.

POL 116 International Politics

This course serves as an introduction to many of the theories, concepts, issues and problems found in the academic study of international politics. There is a strong emphasis on learning and critiquing theories that serve as lenses through which to interpret international politics.