Wayne cox

Wayne Cox

Associate Professor


PhD (Queen's); MA, BA (Carleton)

Political Studies

International Relations

Associate Professor


Phone: (613) 533-6247

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, C304

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Research Interests

International Relations (IR theory, IPE, critical theory, philosophy of social science, evolution of the field, neogramsican IR), Middle Eastern Politics (the Kurdish question, neoimperialism and post-colonialism, Canada and the Middle East, Turkey and Afghanistan).

Brief Biography

Born and raised near Ottawa, Professor Wayne Cox has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from Carleton University, an MA in Political Science from Carleton University, and a PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University.  He was an Assistant Professor in Politics and Economics at Royal Military College of Canada in the late 1990's before joining Political Studies at Queen’s in 2001.  His PhD research was on the Kurdish question in Turkey.  His most recent book is the 2010 UBC Press co-edited volume Locating Global Order:  American Power and Canadian Security after 9/11, (with Bruno Charbonneau).  He also has an interest in post-positivist and critical international relations theory -- for example, the co-edited (with Claire Turenne Sjolander) Beyond Positivism: Critical Reflections on International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 1994).  He has also published on identity and globalization in the International Political Economy Yearbook series (Lynne Rienner, 1998), the Kurdish question, hegemony and world order, conflict in the Middle East, Canada/US defence relations, Canadian defence policy, and IR scholarship. When not researching or teaching, he has passions for kayaking, writing and recording music, and playing the guitar. 


For detailed information about political studies courses and instructors, please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate pages. 

Service (2023/2024)

  • Departmental Committee (Chair)
  • Field Convenor (International Relations)
  • Graduate Fellowship Committee
  • Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) Representative

Selected Publications

Locating Global Order:  American Power and Canadian Security after 9/11 , (with Bruno Charbonneau, eds.), UBC Press, Vancouver, 2010.

Beyond Positivism: Critical Reflections on International Relations  (1994), Claire Turenne Sjolander & Wayne S. Cox (eds.), Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder Co. 

Selected Articles/Chapters

Wayne S. Cox and Kim Richard Nossal, “The ‘crimson’ world: the Anglo-core, the post-Imperial non-core, and the hegemony of American IR”, from International Relations Scholarship Around the World, Arlene Tickner and Ole Weaver (eds.), Routledge, London, 2009.

Bruno Charbonneau and Wayne S. Cox, “Global Order, US Hegemony and Military Integration: The Canadian-American Defense Relationship”, from International Political Sociology, Volume 2, Issue 4, December 2008.

Wayne S. Cox and Claire Turenne Sjolander, "Damage Control and the Politics National Defence", from Leslie A. Pal (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1998-99: Balancing Act: The Post-Deficit Mandate, Oxford University Press.

Wayne S. Cox and Claire Turenne Sjolander, "The Global Village and the Global Ghetto: Realism, Structural Materialism, and Agency in Globalization", from Constituting International Political Economy:IPE Yearbook 10 , Tetreault, M.A., Denemark, B., Thomas, K. and Burch, K. (eds.), Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1997.

Research Highlight with Wayne Cox

Associate Professor Wayne Cox discusses his current research.