Callahan, William A.

Professor William A. Callahan  


Position held

Professor of International Relations


Experience keywords:

China; East Asia; IR theory; India; culture and politics; foreign policy; international politics

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Professor Callahan's research examines the interplay of culture and politics in China and Asia, and considers the overlap of domestic and international politics. His books include China Dreams (2013), China: The Pessoptimist Nation (2010), China Orders the World (co-edited, 2012), Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia (2006) and Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations (2004).

Countries and regions to which research relates:

China; East Asia; India; United States


Chinese [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

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Callahan, William A. (2018) China bound, 1964 Los Angeles Review of Books

Callahan, William A. (2018) The politics of walls: barriers, flows, and the sublime Review of International Studies, 44 (3). 456-481. ISSN 0260-2105


Callahan, William A. (2017) Cultivating power: gardens in the global politics of diplomacy, war, and peace International Political Sociology, 11 (4). 360-379. ISSN 1749-5679

Callahan, William A. (2017) Dreaming as a critical discourse of national belonging: China Dream, American Dream and world dream Nations and Nationalism, 23 (2). 248-270. ISSN 1354-5078


Callahan, William A. (2016) China’s “Asia dream”: the Belt Road Initiative and the new regional order Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, 1 (3). 226-243. ISSN 2057-8911


Callahan, William (2015) Toilet adventures LSE Research Festival 2015, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Callahan, William A. (2015) The visual turn in IR: documentary filmmaking as a critical method Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43 (3). 891-910. ISSN 0305-8298

Callahan, William A. (2015) Textualizing cultures: thinking beyond the MIT controversy Positions, 23 (1). 131-144. ISSN 1067-9847

Callahan, William A. (2015) Identity and security in China: the negative soft power of the China dream Politics, 35 (3-4). 216-229. ISSN 0263-3957

Callahan, William A. (2015) History, tradition and the China dream: socialist modernization in the world of great harmony Journal of Contemporary China, 24 (96). 983-1001. ISSN 1067-0564


Callahan, William A. (2014) Citizen Ai: warrior, jester, and middleman Journal of Asian Studies, 73 (04). 899-920. ISSN 0021-9118


Callahan, William (2013) China dreams: 20 views of the future Oxford University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9780199896400


Cunningham-Cross, L. and Callahan, W. A. (2011) Ancient Chinese power, modern Chinese thought Chinese Journal of International Politics, 4 (4). 349-374. ISSN 1750-8916


Callahan, William (2010) China: the pessoptimist nation Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199604395


Callahan, William A. (2008) Chinese visions of world order: post-hegemonic or a new hegemony? International Studies Review, 10 (4). 749-761. ISSN 1521-9488

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