Inclusive Teaching Resources

Inclusive Teaching Statement

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion, with contributions of current students and faculty, has created an Elliott School Inclusive Teaching Statement. This was thoughtfully created to support all of our faculty members who are expected to practice inclusive teaching as outlined in this statement and to include a stated commitment in every syllabus.

Inclusive teaching encompasses four components: 

  1. How we teach; 
  2. What we teach, in terms of diverse perspectives and intentional inclusion of issues of social equity as they relate to the subject matter; 
  3. Where we draw our pedagogical materials; and 
  4. How we support constructive and supportive student engagement.

The full Elliott School Inclusive Teaching Statement outlines each of these four areas, along with initial resources to support understanding and operationalization of these inclusive teaching components.

"We seek not only to reflect American society, but also to serve as a model for proactively engaging with difference, with respect, dignity, openness, and acceptance, recognizing that diversity reflects the society in which we live and can be its greatest strength."

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Racial Diversity in International Affairs

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion includes our dedication to anti-racist work. Elliott School faculty members developed the beginnings of a collection focused on Racial Diversity in International Affairs. 

  • Kelebogile Zvobgo and Meredith Loken, “Why Race Matters in International Relations,” Foreign Policy, June 19, 2020.
  • Sankaran Krishna, Race, Amnesia, and the Education of International Relations, 2001, Alternatives, 26(4): 373-376.
    • “In thinking of what it is that allows these numerous and violent encounters between different peoples to fall out of the history of international relations, it becomes obvious that a certain principle of abstraction is at work here, centering on the concept of "sovereignty." Wars are defined exclusively as the acts of sovereign powers on each other in a tradition that goes back a long way in IR discourse, whereas the impressive list above constitutes merely encounters between various forms of quasi states, native principalities, warlords, tribes, territories, and puppet regimes, on the one hand, and a sovereign state, on the other. Such encounters can hence be excised from the genealogy of international relations.” P. 405.
  • Errol Henderson, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism in International Relations Theory,” Cambridge Review of International affairs Vol. 26, March 2013.
  • Sampson, Aaron. 2002. Tropical anarchy: Waltz, Wendt, and the way we imagine international politics. Alternatives, 27: 429–457.
  • Book Review (that is like a summary): Robbie Shilliam, “White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations, by Robert Vitalis,” International Affairs, Vol, 92, Issue 3, May 2016, 6 May 2016.
  • ​​​​​​Doris Marie Provinde, “Institutional Racism in Enforcing Immigration Law,” Norteamerica, Vol. 8 Special Issue 2013.
  • Mark D. Ramirez and David A.M. Peterson, Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos, Cambridge University Press, June 2020.
  • Sarah Fine, “Immigration and Discrimination,” in Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi eds., Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 125-49
  • James Joseph, Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values, Duke University Press, 2015.
  • Inés Valdez, Transnational Cosmopolitanism: Kant, DuBois, and Justice as a Political Craft (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  • Caroline Mala Corbin, Terrorists Are Always Muslim but Never White, Fordham Law Review, 2017.
  • Vito D’Orazio and Idean Salehyan, “Who Is A Terrorist? Ethnicity, Group Affiliation, and Understandings of Political Violence,” International Interactions, Vol. 44 (6) Nov. 2018, pp. 1017-1039.
  • (about White Nationalist terror) CSIS, The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States, June 17, 2020.
  • Mahmood, Omar S. “Boko Haram and al-Shabaab: Adaptable Criminal Financing amid Expanded Terror,” in Thachuk, Kimberley L. and Lal, Rollie eds., Terrorist Criminal Enterprises: Financing Terrorism through Organized Crime, (Westport, CT.: Praeger, 2018), pp. 95-115.
  • Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, Richard Philcox trans. (New York: Grove Press, 2004)
  • Adom Getachew, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2019) 
  • Catherine Lu, “Colonialism as Structural Injustice: Historical Responsibility and Contemporary Redress,” The Journal of Political Philosophy 19, 3 (2011): 261-81
  • Laura Valentini, “On the Distinctive Procedural Wrong of Colonialism,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 43, 4 (2015): 312-31
  • Lea Ypi, “What’s Wrong with Colonialism,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 41, 2 (2013): 158-91
  • Desmond Jagmohan, “Between Race and Nation: Marcus Garvey and the Politics of Self-Determination,” Political Theory 8, 3 (2020): 271-302
  • Martti Koskenniemi, The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)
  • Makau Mutua “What is TWAIL?” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (American Society of International Law) 94 (2000): 31-40, with comment by Antony Anghie 
  • Jennifer Pitts, Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018)
  • Jennifer Pitts, A Turn to Empire: The Rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain and France (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006)

Last updated on July 15, 2020. To contribute to this resource list, contact Dr. Rollie Lal at [email protected]

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Additional Resources

We are actively seeking additional resources to share with our faculty. Please contact [email protected] with any recommendations. 

Contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team

Diversity Officer: Jonathan M. Walker

Diversity Program Manager: Kylie Stamm

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (202) 994-2258