Episode 9 – Halvard Leira

May 13, 2020

Halvard Leira is Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (aka ‘NUPI’) in Oslo. Professor Leira and Brent have been friends for some time. He chats with Brent about growing up in Norway in a family of academics, his ‘devouring’ of history, his graduate work at LSE and the University of Oslo, his joining NUPI and meeting the cohort of elite NUPI scholars he’s become good friends with since. He tells the stories behind his publications, how he and a few others were able to get a Historical IR section of the ISA going, how he approaches writing, his role as a dad, and how he decompresses via walking and weight-lifting. They conclude their discussion with thoughts on how the pandemic might change the study, and the field, of International Relations. 

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Brent J. Steele is the Francis D. Wormuth Presidential Chair, Department Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and the co-editor in chief of Global Studies Quarterly. He is the author of the recently published Vicarious Identity in International Relations (with Chris Browning and Pertti Joenniemi), and Restraint in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which co-won the ISA Theory section book award for 2020.