“At Goucher I join students in the challenge of rigorous theorization of political processes and our place within them. Theory is not everyone’s cup of tea, but everyone can learn something valuable from thinking theoretically.”
Visiting Assistant ProfessorPolitical Science
Fernando Romero earned his doctorate in Political Science with specializations in International Relations and Political Theory from The Johns Hopkins University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics from Goucher College. His teaching and research interests center on political thought, international relations theory, and political economy focusing on issues of ontology, phenomenology, affectivity, bordering, temporality, and complexity.
Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress
In my current research project I am trying to develop a stateless theorization of international relations that has a comparable level of generality and range of applicability as state-centric theories of international relations. Rather than being an attempt to replace state-centric approaches, this work is intended to work parallel to and complement such approaches in order to highlight and grasp social processes that resonate more closely with planetary complexities and lived experiences. Choosing persons and their feelings rather than states and their policies as the main entities of analysis is important to understand international issues like historical memory, friendship and enmity among countries, nationalism and xenophobia, cosmopolitanism, consumption preferences, and human rights advocacy. As part of this project I am refining my doctoral dissertation, which builds the phenomenological basis for a theory of international relations centered on affects, into a book manuscript.
Romero, F. (2017). Book Review: What Is a People? Law, Culture and the Humanities, 13(2), 311–14. https://doi.org/10.1177/1743872117693344c
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
Paper, International Studies Association-Northeast, Baltimore, “The Metaphysical Incompleteness of IR Discourse: International Beings and Critique,” 2016.
Paper, International Studies Association, Atlanta, “Does Schmitt Have the Last Word on Peace? Understanding the Materiality of Peace in International Experience,” 2016.
Paper, International Studies Association-Northeast, Providence, “International Experience and Artistic Form,” 2015.
Paper, American Political Science Association, San Francisco, “On the Value of Diversity: Kang Youwei’s Unity and Mill’s Individuality,” 2015.
Paper, Western Political Science Association, Seattle, “Ah-Qism of Politics: Transformation of Defeat into Victory as the Political,” 2014.
Chair, Western Political Science Association, Seattle, Panel: “Repetition as Resistance: Plasticity and the Creativity of the Habitual Encounter,” 2014.
Paper, Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, “Incompleteness–Solidarity: A Journey along Complex Polytopes,” 2012.
Paper, George Washington University Graduate Student Conference, District of Columbia, “The Dusselian Challenge to the Global Liberal Order: Toward a Liberal-Liberational Project of Governance,” 2012.
Academic or Professional Associations
International Studies Association, American Political Science Association.