Andrea Paras

Andrea Paras (photo)
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Specialization: Politics and ethics of humanitarianism; religion and humanitarianism; international relations theory.

Andrea Paras joined the University of Guelph in 2012, after spending a year working at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Her research is centered on questions that investigate the political and ethical consequences of international humanitarian action. She also has research interests in religion and global politics, as well as in topics related to women and development. Her teaching is motivated by a desire to empower students to find their own questions, with the goal of using education to create engaged and aware global citizens. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Toronto, and her BA from the University of British Columbia. She recently spent time volunteering in India and Nepal, teaching English to Tibetan refugees and Sherpa high school students.

Andrea's research is centered on questions that investigate the political and ethical consequences of international humanitarian action. She also has research interests in religion and global politics, specifically on how the faith identities of NGOs influence their development practices. The main objective of her research is to understand how different actors derive their legitimacy through languages of morality. Her work cuts across multiple disciplines, and makes contributions to the fields of international relations, development studies, international ethics, and history. She also engages in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, with research on how students develop their intercultural competence in study abroad programs. She leads the India Field School program, an intensive course on the ethics of international voluntourism that takes place in Guelph and Dharamsala, India. Her teaching is motivated by a desire to empower students to find their own questions, with the goal of using education to create engaged and aware global citizens. 

Teaching Interests: 

  • POLS*1500: World Politics
  • POLS*3320: The Politics of Aid and Development
  • POLS*4300: Human Rights, Ethics, and Development
  • POLS*4930: Special Topics in International Relations: Religion and Global Politics
  • POLS*6750: Development in Practice

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