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Professor Profile: Andrew Latham

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CATEGORY: Academics
TYPE: Articles
RELATED PROGRAMS: Political Science

PhD and BA York University, Toronto, Canada

 MA Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Political science professor Andrew Latham teaches Foundations of International Politics; Chinese Foreign Policy; Regional Conflict and Security; Medieval Political Thought; and the Honors Colloquium. He is the author of Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades.

Why Macalester for political science? The faculty of Macalester’s Political Science Department are active scholars who devote enormous time and energy to ensuring that political science students achieve their full intellectual potential.

Do you collaborate with students? I am currently working with a student on a scholarly article provisionally titled “Heteronomy: Tyranny of a Construct.” It’s about late medieval international relations. I have another coauthored piece—“Historicizing the ‘New Wars’: The Case of Jihad in the Early Years of Islam”—coming out this year.

Why do you choose to teach at Macalester? The students. Mac attracts very bright, highly motivated students, and political science attracts more than its fair share of the very best.

What do you like to do in your free time? As a father of two young kids, I don’t really have much free time. What time I have I devote to writing historical fiction. I’ve been working on a novel dealing with the Templar Knights and Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade. It’s based on my scholarly research and a course I teach on medieval political thought.

What is something you always have with you? A tattered old copy of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If.”

Is there a bit of conventional wisdom in political science? “The strong do what they will; the weak suffer what they must.” Thucydides, from the Melian dialogue.

What would people be surprised to know? I have four passports—American, Canadian, British and Irish, and I was once a corporal in a Highland regiment of the Canadian Army.

PUBLISHED: 04/08/2013