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Bruce Cronin

Department Chair, Professor of Political Science


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Political Science

Affiliated Departments

International Relations


NAC 4/136B

p: 212-650-5440


  • Profile

    Professor Cronin received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cronin's specialties are in the fields of international law, international organizations, and human rights. He is currently writing a book on civilian casualties in armed conflict under International Humanitarian Law.

  • Education

    Ph.D. Columbia University, 1994

  • Courses Taught

    International Relations (Master's)


    B6928: Human Rights in World Politics

    B6100: Theories of International Relations

    B6918 The Practice of Diplomacy


    Political Science (Undergraduate)


    PSC 22300: U.S. Foreign Policy

    PSC 25300: International Law

    PSC 25400: International Organizations


  • Publications


    The UN Security Council and the Politics of International Authority (Routledge, 2007), co-edited with Ian Hurd

    Institutions for the Common Good: International Protection Regimes in International Society (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

    Community Under Anarchy (Columbia University Press, 1999)

    Recent articles:

    "Reckless Endangerment Warfare: Civilian Casualties and the Collateral Damage Exemption in International Humanitarian Law,"Journal of Peace Research 50(2) (March 2013).

    "Piracy and the Governance of the Nation-State System," in Michael Streutt, Jon D. Carlson, and Mark Nance.Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance (London: Routledge, 2012).

    "Be Careful What You Wish For: War Aims and the Construction of Post-War Political Orders, Journal of Peace Research 47(4) (July 2010)

    "Reclaiming the Rule of Law in the 'War on Terrorism': The Role of the United Nations Security Council,' in Human Rights in the Age of Terror (Penn State University Press).

    "Security Regimes, Collective Security, and Security Communities," The International Studies Encyclopedia: International Studies Association Compendium Project (Blackwell, 2009)

    "New Trends in Treaty Law," The International Studies Encyclopedia: International Studies Association Compendium Project (Blackwell, 2009)

    "Sovereignty and the Prevention of Genocide," Human Rights Review, 8 (4), 2007

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