Dr. Katia Coleman is an Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Political Science. Her academic sub-field is International Relations, and her research interests focus on the dynamics and role of contemporary international organisations, the politics surrounding the international use of military force, and the international relations of African states. She is the author of International Organisations and Peace Enforcement: the Politics of International Legitimacy (Cambridge 2007) and of articles and book chapters on international norm creation, contemporary peace operations, and the roles of regional and global international organizations in conflict management.
Her current research projects include a book-length study of “token” troop contributions to contemporary military coalitions and shorter pieces on the political economy of personnel contributions to UN peacekeeping operations and on the role of regional organizations during the 2011 crisis in Libya. Dr. Coleman holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an MSSc in South African and African Politics from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Politics from Princeton University.