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Thomas E. Doyle, II

Dr. DoyleOffice:  UAC 375
Phone:  512.245.3280

Curriculum Vitae

B.A. Point Loma Nazarene College
M.A. California State University, Northridge
M.A. California State University, Los Angeles
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Thomas Doyle’s research focus is in the field of nuclear ethics.  His recently published book is titled The Ethics of Nuclear Weapons Dissemination: Moral Dilemmas of Aspiration, Avoidance, and Prevention (Routledge, 2015).  He has authored several articles which have appeared in journals such as Ethics and International AffairsEthics and Global PoliticsJournal of Military EthicsInternational Theory, and Journal of International Political Theory.  Doyle has also contributed short opinion pieces on nuclear ethics in the mainstream media.  One is found on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and is titled “The Iranian Nuclear Controversy is also about saving face.” Another is found on the Brookings Institution Lawfare blog and is titled “The Foreign Policy Essay: Moral Values and the Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons.”  Doyle teaches courses on international security, international organization, the politics of nuclear weapons, and introduction to international studies.  He is a member of the International Studies Association and the British International Studies Association. 

Courses Taught

POSI 3322 Intro to International Studies
This course is designed to acquaint the student with fundamental elements and issues within the broad field of international studies. The dynamics of interstate conflict and cooperation is emphasized and examined in the domains of security, international economic relations, and intercultural relations. This course lays a foundation for further study in international studies at upper-division and graduate school levels.

POSI 4326 Main Issues in World Politics
This course is designed to acquaint the student with major issues in world politics and major concepts in international relations and comparative politics. The issues covered will include the war on terrorism, nuclear proliferation, economic globalization, and environmental security.

POSI 4357 International Organizations
This course will examine the historical roots of international organizations, the development of the League of Nations, and the evolution of the United Nations System. The nature, process, and function of contemporary international organization will be analyzed. The role of non-governmental organizations, transnational organizations, and multi-national corporations will be assessed. The course will include a mix of lecture, discussion, and model sessions.

POSI 4367 International Conflict and Security
This course examines a variety of factors that contribute to interstate and intrastate conflict and security. An in-depth analysis of the “security dilemma” will be undertaken. The course will also examine theories and strategies of conflict prevention, such as deterrence, arms control, disarmament, collective security, common security, and the possibilities of dissolving security dilemmas through international institutional means.

POSI 4399 Senior Seminar  Mainstream and Dissident Security Studies
International Security Studies (ISS) is a major section of the subfield of International Relations (IR) within the discipline of Political Science. Several schools of thought inhabit ISS – including Realism, Liberalism, Conventional Constructivism, Critical Constructivism, the Copenhagen School, and a variety of Post-structuralist approaches. Realism and Liberalism tend to be classified as ‘mainstream ISS’ while the other schools are seen as ‘dissidents’ to varying degrees. This course compares a family of dissident security studies thinkers against mainstream ISS. It asks the following questions: (1) Do the dissident approaches count as security studies at all? If so, why? If not, why not? (2) What, if anything, can the dissident approaches offer to security practitioners that mainstream ISS are unable to offer? What is the practical pay-off of dissident security studies?

PS 5360 Nuclear Ethics

This course provides a broad survey of the interdisciplinary field of nuclear ethics.  Prior to examining a series of fundamental issues in this field, attention will be given to standards of ethical argument and ethical traditions in IR.  Then, we will examine contrasting moral approaches and ethical dilemmas related to the topics of nuclear warfighting, deterrence, proliferation/nonproliferation, and nuclear terrorism/counterterrorism.  Some of the contrasting perspectives to be included are the just war traditions, international legal morality (e.g., human rights, treaty obligations), Kantian ethics, and moral consequentialism. 

PS 5330A The International Politics of Nuclear Weapons

The Nuclear Age is the product in part of a sophisticated revolution in military affairs which had its beginnings in the 19th century Industrial Age and which presented a significant challenge to international politics as structured by the Westphalian system of sovereign states.  This course examines the effects of nuclear weapons on international politics at all levels of analysis.  The course begins with a comparative historical account of the nuclear arms race and efforts to achieve nuclear arms control and disarmament.  It then shifts to examine contemporary theories of nuclear proliferation and the case studies which illumine them.