Associate Professor



I teach classes on international security, US foreign policy, and International Relations theory, and I'm available to advise students (both graduate and undergraduate) on these topics and more. Most of my research focuses on US foreign relations in the Indo-Pacific region, especially US-China relations and the politics of overseas military bases. I'm writing a book called Hardwired: Why America Can't Retrench (And How It Might).

I'm from Wigan in the Northwest of England, and came to Fort Collins via Edinburgh (Scotland), Vancouver (Canada), London (England), Austin (Texas), and Richmond (Indiana). My favourite band is Oasis. My favorite films are Withnail and I, 24 Hour Party People, and Trainspotting. I don't like Halloween, films about comic book heroes, mowing the lawn, or raking leaves. I love teaching and helping students plan for their futures. I'm lucky to have the best job in the world.

Selected publications (past two years):

Peter Harris, “The Geopolitics of American Exceptionalism.” Asian Perspective, forthcoming.

Meriel Hahn and Peter Harris, “The Hobbled Peacemaker: America’s Inability to Satisfy North Korea.” The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, forthcoming.

Peter Harris and Jared Morgan McKinney, “Goliath No More: Why Taiwan Should Not Rely on American Threats of War.” Parameters 52, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 175-179.

Jared Morgan McKinney and Peter Harris, “The Broken Nest: How China Might Still Be Deterred from Invading Taiwan.” Parameters 51, no. 4 (Winter 2021): 23-36.

Peter Harris, “The Case for Decolonizing the Chagos Islands: A Response to Bashfield.” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 17, no. 2 (November 2021): 224–229.

Peter Harris and Peter Trubowitz, “The Politics of Power Projection: The Pivot to Asia, Its Failure, and the Future of American Primacy.” The Chinese Journal of International Politics 14, no. 2 ( 2021): 187-217.

Peter Harris, “Encountering the Military-Environmental Complex: Ten Years Since the Creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area.” Critical Military Studies 7, no. 2 (2021): 255-258.

Peter Harris, “China and the United States: The Case for Smart Appeasement.” Australian Journal of International Affairs 75, no. 2 (2021): 129-136.

Peter Harris, “National Parks Worldwide.” In: Robert J. Duffy and Susan M. Opp, eds., Environmental Issues Today: Choices and Challenges, Volume 2 (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2021): 655-670.

Peter Harris, “A Footprint of Unfreedom: The Future of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia.” Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs 3, no. 2 (2020): 78-97.