Professor Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker

Professor Thomas Walker
1102 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 331-8713      
[email protected]


Professor Walker teaches International Relations (PLS 211), Human Rights in International Politics (PLS 316), and International Conflict and Conflict Resolution (PLS 311). 

Before returning home to Grand Rapids, he taught at Dartmouth College, State University of New York (SUNY)—Albany, International College Beijing, and Rutgers University where he received his Ph.D.  He also has an M.A. from the University of Kent at Canterbury (International Relations) and a B.A. from the University of Michigan (History). 

His research interests include history of international thought, philosophy of social science, American foreign policy, and international conflict. He has published articles on Thomas Paine’s international thought, regime type and levels of military spending, and Karl Popper’s philosophy of social science.  One of his current projects includes an edited volume of Paine’s works relating to world politics.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Works

Theoretical Diversity in International Relations: Dominance, Pluralism, and Division, The Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Politics

Walker, Thomas C. 2013. "A Circumspect Revival of Liberalism: Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye's Power and Interdependence." In Classics of International Relations: Essays in Criticism and Appreciation. Henrik Bliddal, Casper Sylvest, and Peter Wilson. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis

Rousseau, David L., Thomas C. Walker. 2012. "Liberalism." In Handbook of Security Studies. Henrik Bliddal, Casper Sylvest, and Peter Wilson. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

Walker, Thomas C. 2010. "The Perils of Paradigm Mentalities: Revisiting Kuhn, Lakatos, and Popper." Perspectives on Politics 8 (2): 433-451

Walker, Thomas C. 2009. "Liberal Internationalism and Intervention: An Early Transatlantic Dialogue between Thomas Paine and Immanuel Kant." In Transatlantic Conflict and Consensus: Culture, History and Politics. Roberta Haar and Neil Wynn. Cambridge: Cambridge Academic.

Walker, Thomas C. 2008. "Two Faces of Liberalism: Kant, Paine, and the Question of Intervention." International Studies Quarterly 52: 449-468

Fordham, Benjamin O and Thomas Walker. 2005. "Kantian Liberalism, Regime Type, and Military Resource Allocation: Do Democracies Spend Less?" International Studies Quarterly 59: 95-105

Walker, Thomas C. and Jeffery S. Morton. 2005. "Re-Assessing the 'Power of Power Politics'  Thesis: Is Realism Still Dominant?" International Studies Review 7: 341-356

Levy, Jack, Thomas Walker and Martin Edwards. 2001. "Continuity and Change in the Evolution of Warfare." In War in a Changing World. Zeev Maoz and Azar Gat. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Walker, Thomas C. 2000. "The Forgotten Prophet: Tom Paine's Cosmopolitanism and International Relations." International Studies Quarterly 44: 51-72


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