Political Science & International Affairs
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Prof. Richard Bownas earned his bachelors degree from Cambridge University in English literature and his Master's from the London School of Economics in Development Management. 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.
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’.
After completing his master's degree, Prof. Bownas spent time in Nepal having founded and run an NGO that trained and placed volunteers in Nepali schools and social organizations.
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.