Dr William Clapton
Senior Lecturer

Dr William Clapton

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

William Clapton is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. He has research interests in English School and constructivist International Relations theory, sovereignty, international hierarchy, risk in International Relations, international intervention in the post-Cold War era, the security and defence policies of the United States, European Union, and Australia and popular culture in global politics.

William was awarded his PhD from Murdoch University in 2010. The thesis explored interventions conducted by Western societies in the post-Cold War era that aimed to promote liberal democratic institutions and governance and their impact on the constitution of international society.

He has published on risk, international intervention and international hierarchy in journals such as the Politics, European Journal of International Security, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also the author of Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era (Palgrave, 2014).

Current Research Projects

Popular Culture in Global Politics
This project explores the the ways in which audiences constitute pop cultural artefacts through debates and contests over the meaning of artefact's representational practices. It focuses on debates over representations of identity politics in games, film, and TV shows.

Risk and Immigration
This project explores the immigration practices of the Trump administration, particularly the travel ban and wall along the border with Mexico, through a security logic of risk.

 

Phone
+61 (2) 9385 3570
Location
124 Morven Brown
  • Books | 2022
    Clapton W, 2022, Immigration, Risk, and Security Under the Trump Administration Keeping ‘Undesirables’ Out, Palgrave Pivot
    Books | 2014
    Clapton W, 2014, Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era, Palgrave Studies in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137396372
  • Book Chapters | 2017
    Clapton W, 2017, 'Resisting ‘Good Governance’ Norms in the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy', in Bloomfield A; Scott SV (ed.), Norm Antipreneurs and the Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change, edn. Routledge Challenges of Globalisation, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 215 - 230, https://www.routledge.com/Norm-Antipreneurs-and-the-Politics-of-Resistance-to-Global-Normative-Change/Bloomfield-Scott/p/book/9781138900295
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Barthwal-Datta M; Clapton W, 2016, 'Diplomacy Down-Under: Australia-India Relations under Modi’s Leadership', in Chowdhury Y; Chowdhury AD (ed.), Narendra Modi and the World: The Ring View Inside Out, pp. 152 - 158
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Clapton W, 2015, 'Pedagogy and Pop Culture: Pop Culture as Teaching Tool and Assessment Practice', in Caso, Federica ; Hamilton, Caitlin (ed.), Popular Culture and World Politics: Theories, Methods, Pedagogies, E-International Relations, Bristol, UK, pp. 169 - 175, http://www.e-ir.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Pop-Culture-and-World-Politics-E-IR.pdf
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Clapton W, 2021, 'Issues in Australian Foreign Policy January to June 2021', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 67, pp. 544 - 558, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12806
    Journal articles | 2021
    Clapton W, 2021, 'The exceptionalism of risk: Trump's Wall and travel ban', European Journal of International Security, vol. 6, pp. 129 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/eis.2020.22
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hall L; Clapton W, 2021, 'Programming the machine: gender, race, sexuality, AI, and the construction of credibility and deceit at the border', Internet Policy Review, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.14763/2021.4.1601
    Journal articles | 2019
    Clapton W; Shepherd LJ, 2019, 'Ethics Ex Machina: popular culture and the plural futures of politics', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 54, pp. 531 - 542, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2019.1663400
    Journal articles | 2018
    Clapton W, 2018, 'Island off the coast of Asia: Instruments of statecraft in Australian foreign policy.', RUSI Journal, vol. 164, pp. 147 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03071847.2019.1694268
    Journal articles | 2017
    Clapton W, 2017, 'Independent Ally: Australia in an Age of Power Transition', RUSI JOURNAL, vol. 162, pp. 111 - 112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03071847.2017.1359395
    Journal articles | 2017
    Clapton W, 2017, 'Pluralism, Decolonization and International Society', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 30, pp. 350 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09557571.2018.1426820
    Journal articles | 2017
    Clapton W; Shepherd L, 2017, 'Lessons from Westeros: Gender and power in Game of Thrones', Politics, vol. 37, pp. 5 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263395715612101
    Journal articles | 2012
    Clapton W; Hameiri S, 2012, 'The domestic politics of international hierarchy: Risk management and the reconstitution of international society', International Politics, vol. 49, pp. 59 - 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ip.2011.33
    Journal articles | 2011
    Clapton W, 2011, 'Risk in International Relations', International Relations, vol. 25, pp. 280 - 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047117811415480
    Journal articles | 2009
    Clapton W, 2009, 'Managing Risk within International Society: Hierarchical Governance in the Asia-Pacific', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 63, pp. 416 - 429, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357710903104877
    Journal articles | 2009
    Clapton W, 2009, 'Risk and Hierarchy in International Society', Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 21, pp. 19 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14781150802659267
  • Conference Papers | 2013
    Clapton W, 2013, 'Anarchy and Order in The Walking Dead', in Anarchy and Order in The Walking Dead, Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, 30 September 2013 - 02 October 2013
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Clapton W, 2012, 'The Hierarchical Society? Re-conceiving International Society in the Post-Cold War Era', in The Hierarchical Society? Re-conceiving International Society in the Post-Cold War Era, International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 01 April 2012 - 04 April 2012
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Clapton W, 2011, 'Pluralism in International Society', in Pluralism in International Society, International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, presented at International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 29 September 2011 - 30 September 2011, http://www.uq.edu.au/isaasiapacific/conference-papers
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Clapton W, 2009, 'Managing Risk within International Society: Situational Prevention and the Promotion of Liberalism', in Managing Risk within International Society: Situational Prevention and the Promotion of Liberalism, International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention, New York City, presented at International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention, New York City, 15 February 2009 - 18 February 2009, http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/isa/isa09/
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Clapton W, 2007, 'Policing the Peripheries: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era', in Policing the Peripheries: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era, Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Conference: ‘Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Global Politics’, Keele Univeristy, United Kingdom, presented at Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Conference: ‘Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Global Politics’, Keele Univeristy, United Kingdom, 19 April 2007 - 21 April 2007

3rd Oceanic Conference on International Studies Best Postgraduate Paper, 2008.

I am an Associate Editor (Politics) for the Australian Journal of Politics and History. I am also the convenor of the Australian Political Studies Association International Relations Research Group and sit on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

I am a member of the International Studies Association and Australian Political Studies Association.

 

ARTS2821 Colonialism

ARTS3814 Australian Foreign Policy

POLS5102 - Key Issues in Australian Foreign Policy