Richard Bownas is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.
Prof. Richard Bownas earned his bachelors degree from Cambridge University (in English literature) in 1995, and his Masters from the London School of Economics (in Development Management) in 2001. In between he spent time in Nepal having founded and run an NGO that trained and placed volunteers in Nepali schools and social organizations. His PhD study was at Cornell University, where he conducted research into the politics of NGOs and transnational activists in India, in particular concerning the introduction of genetically modified crops into the country.
Prof. Bownas specializes in the study of the developing world, in particular new social movements and activist networks. He also has research interests in environmental politics and theories of contemporary conflict. He has taught a range of course in comparative politics and international relations at Cornell, Swansea University (UK) and at UNC, including ‘Global Issues’ the senior seminar in international relations focusing on ideas of empire, ‘Asian Politics’ and the ‘Politics of Developing States’. Forthcoming classes include ‘War and Peace’ and ‘International Law and Organization’.
In his spare time Prof. Bownas is a keen tennis and piano player and enjoys trail running and hiking.