Professor William A Callahan

Professor William A Callahan

Professor of International Relations

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
Global politics of China, Visual international politics

About me

William A. Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations (OUP, 2020) is the first book-length analysis of visuality, multisensory politics, and IR, and it won the Best Book Award 2022 from the International Political Sociology section of the International Studies Association. Sensible Politics was also shortlisted for the Susan Strange Best Book Award 2021 of the British International Studies Association. Read the 2500-word summary.

Callahan is part of the Chinese Global Orders research project, which is funded by the British Academy (2023-26). He is working on a book-length project that explores how Chinese people see the world that has produced the following publications:

Chinese visions of self and Other: the international politics of noses” (2023)

Chinese Global Orders: Socialism, Tradition, and Nation in China–Russia Relations” (2023)

“China's Global Strategy as Science Fiction” (2023)

Visualizing Affective Democracy: Learning Community in China and Taiwan through Images of Foreigners” (2023)

Callahan also makes documentary films: “Great Walls: Journeys from Ideology to Experience” (2020) was published in the Journal of Narrative Politics in Spring 2020, and “You can see CHINA from here” in The Diplomat in April 2020. (For his other films, see 

In 2019-20, Callahan was nominated for an “Innovation in Teaching” award for his “Visual International Politics” course (IR318), which integrates visual analysis and creative filmmaking.

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Expertise Details

Global politics of China; Visual international politics; documentary filmmaking; IR theory

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