Department of Political Studies

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Korey Pasch

B.A. Honours (University of Toronto), MA International Relations (McMaster)
DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Korey's Email
Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B303
Fax:  (613) 533-6230
Supervisor: S.Soederberg

 

Research Interests

The International Political Economy of disasters. Specifically, the increasing interdigitation between states, intergovernmental institutions, global capital markets, and the insurance industry through novel financial instruments known as Insurance Linked Securities and catastrophe bonds.
Korey’s research seeks to situate the emergence and expansion of these instruments within the evolution of disaster mitigation strategies, larger processes of power, circuits of capital flows, and the production of systemic risk as viewed through critical IPE theoretical frameworks.

Brief Bio

Hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Korey has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. The tragic January 2010 Haitian earthquake spurred his interest in the politics surrounding disasters. This impactful event occurred during his tenure at McMaster University as he pursued his Master of Arts in International Relations. Korey lives in Kingston with his wonderful wife (Mandy) and mischievous black cat (Einstein).

Papers

Panel Paper (The Association of American Geographers – 2016 Annual Meeting): The Politics of Securitizing Disaster Risk Reduction

Panel Paper (The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development – 2015 Annual Meeting), Crisis and Opportunity: The Emergence and Growth of Catastrophe Bonds

Major Research Paper (McMaster University – 2010), The Bio-Political and Social Construction of Natural Disasters: An Examination into Systemic Agency, Structural Violence, and Policy Choices

Conferences and Workshops

The American Association of Geographers – Annual Meeting (March 2016)

The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development - Annual Meeting (June 2015)

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (University of Waterloo) & Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) – Global Political Economy PhD Dissertation Workshop (April 2015)

The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development – Doctoral School (December 2014)

Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods (Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs & Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University) – Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (June 2013)

Queen’s University – Repoliticizing Debt Workshop (May 2012)

Teaching

POLS 261 – Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2011, TA)
POLS 262 – Introduction to International Political Economy (Winter 2012, TA)
POLS 243 – Comparative Politics: State, Nation, and Democracy (Fall 2012, TA)
POLS 262 – Introduction to International Political Economy (Winter 2013, TA)
POLS 262 – Introduction to International Political Economy (Fall 2013, TA)
DEVS 311 – Labour and Global Development (Winter 2014, TA)
POLS 250 – Introduction to Political Theory (2014 – 2015, Head TA)
POLS 262 – Introduction to International Political Economy (Winter 2015, TA)
DEVS 230 – The Global Political Economy of Development (Fall 2015, TA)
POLS 250 – Introduction to Political Theory (2015 – 2016, Head TA)
POLS 242 – Comparative Politics: Regimes (Winter 2016, TA)

Awards

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2011 – 2012)
  • Queen’s Graduate Scholarship (2012 – 2015)
  • Christopher Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance, Queen’s University Alma Mater Society (2013, Finalist)

Departmental Service

Korey is an active member of the department: he regularly participates in the Political Studies Graduate Association (PSGSA) and has served (2014–2015, 2015–2016) as the departmental representative to the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS). He also takes great pride in his service as a research assistant to Professor Susanne Soederberg as well as Professor Emeritus Jayant Lele.