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James Heilman

James Heilman

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Thompson 12


Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 2:30-3:45 at the Post & Beam Cafe


American University, B.A. in Philosophy and School of International Service University of British Columbia, M.A. in Political Science


I am a PhD candidate in political science. My major subfields are International Relations and Contemporary Political and Social Theory and within IR I'm mostly interested in international environmental politics and international political economy. In my dissertation I investigate the theoretical basis for when we would expect issue linkage to occur within a complex system of global governance and empirically test these expectations with case studies of the chemical industry and climate change governance. I also very much enjoy the opportunity to work with students and am happy to continue to help students with their academic or professional lives after they have completed a course.  


My research interests lie generally in international environmental politics and international political economy. I'm particularly interested in how firms and industries perform governing functions within their markets. My teaching interests are focused on developing students' critical thinking skills, particularly in answering the questions how we know what we know and how do we develop criteria for making normative judgements? The topics that I enjoy teaching are world politics, environmental politics, political economy and political theory.


  • Political Science