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James Quirk Professorial Lecturer Department of Government

Jim Quirk teaches a wide range of courses in American and comparative politics. He serves as faculty advisor to the SPA Leadership program and as faculty advisor to The World Mind, AU's undergraduate magazine for public policy. Jim has taught at Loyola University Maryland and The Catholic University of America, and at the Varna [Bulgaria] Univ. of Economics. He lectures on American federalism at the Library of Congress's Open World Leadership Center. He has published on comparative nation-building, globalization, and American foreign policy, and writes for the Foreign Policy Assn blog. Dr Quirk's favorite work outside the classroom includes experience in Russia, the Balkans, Mexico, Israel/Palestine, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; naval engineering support for The Bishop Group; Middle East Dialogue at Catholic University; ICANN MEAC SWG; and working with AU's Center for Teaching, Research and Learning.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Online Learning and the Mobile Student.  Educause Review article and other research presentations, since 2014.  Distance learning and online education today. Perspectives from students, faculty, and universities. Survey of students: social and mobile.

Open World Leadership Center, Library of Congress. Lead discussions with young professsionals from Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, since 2013.

ICANN MEAC SWG, ICANN - Middle East and Adjacent Countries - Strategy Working Group, 2016-2019.

U.S. Embassy Speakers Series: Serbia 2015.  Presentations in Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Nis.

Middle East Religious Freedom Project: Iraqi Kurdistan / The Catholic University of America, 2011-2013.



Angell and Mahan: Technology, Globalization, and International Security Today.

Mediterranean Quarterly (26:2, June 2015).  Norman Angell and Alfred Thayer Mahan were two of the leading thinkers on pre–World War I “interdependence,” offering competing lessons on the changes in technology, economics, and security. At different times during the twentieth century, each one’s ideas seemed to best explain global politics and strategy. This essay reconsiders their ideas in the current era of globalization and global threats.

Foreign Policy Assn blog, since 2015.

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