Global Media Project
The Watson Institute for International Studies

James Der Derian


Principal investigator

Areas of Interest: International relations theory, international security, information technology, and media studies.

James Der Derian is a research professor with a focus on global security. He also leads a research initiative, "Beyond Terror: Innovating Global Security and Media for the 21st Century."

He is author most recently of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Networkwhose second edition was released by Routledge in 2009, and of Critical Practices in International Theory (Routledge, 2009). He has produced two film documentaries with Udris Film, Virtual Y2K and After 9/11. A third, Human Terrain, is soon to be released and won the Audience Award at the November 2009 Festival dei Popoli in Florence. 

He is also author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War; editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations and The Virilio Reader; and co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics.

His articles on international relations have appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Affairs, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Millennium, Alternatives, Cultural Values, and Samtiden. His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in the New York Times, Nation, Washington Quarterly, and Wired.

Der Derian was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he completed a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.