Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Stéphanie Martel (On Leave September 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

Stephanie Martel

Assistant Professor
PhD (Université de Montréal)

International Relations

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C410
Phone: (613) 533-3120


Research Interests

International institutions; international security; global governance; security regionalism; multilateral diplomacy; the role of discourse and practice in world politics; Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific. 

Brief Biography

Stéphanie Martel (Ph.D. Université de Montréal) is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies -specializing in International Relations- at Queen's University, where she is also a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy. Before joining Queen's, Dr. Martel was a FRQSC postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (McGill). She has also held a variety of visiting positions in research institutes in Southeast Asia, including the Centre for International and Strategic Studies (Indonesia), the Department of International Relations at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and the Asian Center at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. 

Dr. Martel travels regularly to East and Southeast Asia for research and to take part in policy dialogues alongside representatives of government, academia, and civil society. She is one of the Canadian representatives to the ASEAN Regional Forum’s Expert and Eminent Persons Group​. She also co-leads the Asia-Pacific Team within the Defence and Security Foresight Group, serves on the executive committee of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, and is an active member of Women in International Security-Canada. Dr. Martel’s work has been published in academic journals such as The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Monde Chinois, L'Espace Politique, and Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South, among others. She is currently finalizing a book on the role of discourse in security community-building in the context of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

2017. “From Ambiguity to Contestation: Discourse(s) of Non-Traditional Security in the ASEAN Community.” The Pacific Review 30(4): 549-565.

2015. [“Countering Cross-Border Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Subregional Cooperation as a Catalyst for Security Regionalism”] « Lutte anti-trafic transfrontalière en Asie du Sud-Est: la coopération subrégionale comme tremplin pour le régionalisme en matière de sécurité ». L’Espace Politique 24(3). DOI: 10.4000/espacepolitique.3181

2014. [“China and ASEAN: an ambivalent relationship”] « La Chine et l’ASEAN : une relation ambivalente ». Monde Chinois 2-3(38-39): 48-65.

2013. “The recruitment of female ‘mules’ by transnational criminal organizations: securitization of drug trafficking in the Philippines and beyond.” Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South 1(2): 13-41.

Book chapters

2019. ["Security challenges in Southeast Asia and Beyond"] « Enjeux de sécurité en Asie du Sud-Est et au-delà » in Serge Granger and Dominique Caouette (eds.), L'Asie du Sud-Est à la croisée des puissances, Montreal: Presses de l'Université de Montréal.

2015. [“Borders in East Asia: Imprecisions, Contradictions, Reclamations”] « Les frontières en Asie orientale: imprécisions, contradictions, revendications » in Arnaud Pautet and Eric Frécon (eds.), L’Asie orientale, Paris: Ellipses.

2015. [“(Dis)Organized Crime in East Asia”] « Le crime (dés)organisé en Asie orientale » in Arnaud Pautet et Eric Frécon (eds.), L’Asie orientale, Paris: Ellipses.

Policy reports

2017. co-edited with Nhu Truong. Southeast Asia in an Evolving Global Landscape: Prospects for an Integrated Region and Implications for Canada. Vancouver: UBC. Online:

Supervisory Interests

International Relations Theory; constructivist/interpretativist/critical approaches to IR; multilateral diplomacy; regional governance; international/regional institutions; international security; IR in the Global South; security communities; the role of discourse and practice in world politics; discourse analysis; Southeast Asia; Asia-Pacific IR.