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Lucas Dolan

International Relations (PhD)

Lucas Dolan conducts research at the juncture of international relations and contentious politics. In his dissertation, this takes the form of exploring the role of transnational social networks in the spread, mobilization, and success of radical right-wing populist movements in Europe and the United States. Dolan is also interested in social theory, philosophy of science, relational methodologies, and their applications to the study of international relations and contentious politics.

• “Positivism, Post-positivism, and Social Science.” In Key Concepts in Research Methods, edited by Jean-Frédéric Morin, Christian Olsson, and Ece Ozlem Atikcan. Routledge (forthcoming 2019). [with Patrick Thaddeus Jackson]

Conference Presentations:
• “The Radical Right as a Transnational Movement.” ISA 2018 Annual Convention. Panel FA78: Populist Nationalism and the New Authoritarianism II: Transnational and International Implications, April 6, 2018. San Francisco, CA.
• “Putting the ‘Relations’ Back in IR: What Two Decades of Research Has Taught Us.” ISA Northeast. Panel SA04: Retheorizing Constructivism, November 4th, 2017. Providence, RI.
• "Critical Man versus Power Politics? Reevaluating Morgenthau’s Legacy for Critical International Relations Theory and Practice." ISA 2017 Annual Convention, February 23rd, 2017. Baltimore, MD.

Recent Media Appearances:
The New York Times
Duck of Minerva

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B.A. Hamline University (summa cum laude)

Favorite Place in Washington DC
The Library of Congress
Book Currently Reading
Skocpol, Theda, and Vanessa Williamson. 2016. The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Updated edition. New York: Oxford University Press.
Languages Spoken
English and German
Contact Info

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