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 also have an interest in British and European politics.

I am the author of 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 200 additional articles, blogs, features, and reviews. My work has appeared in publications such as Asian SecurityChinese Journal of International PoliticsInternational AffairsPolitical Science QuarterlyPS: Political Science & Politics, and Review of International Studies.

I currently edit the "Indo-Pacific Perspectives" section of the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, a journal of the US Air Force's Air University Press. I formerly edited the newsletter of the International History and Politics (IHAP) section of the American Political Science Association.

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 favorite band is Oasis. My favorite films are Withnail and I, 24 Hour Party People, and Drop Dead Fred. 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.

If you're a former student, I would love to get an update from you. There are no circumstances under which I'd be disappointed to see your name in my email inbox. If you're a prospective student, I'd be thrilled to hear from you, too.

If you’re a former student who's looking for a letter of recommendation, please send me an email with a detailed description of the role or program to which you are applying. If I agree to write a letter on your behalf, I’ll ask for the following:

  • An up-to-date CV/resume.
  • The most recent version of your transcript (unofficial is fine).
  • A reminder of any written work you produced in my class(es).
  • If you’re applying to graduate school, the statements of purpose that you are using as part of your application(s).
  • Instructions regarding how I’m supposed to submit my letter, when, and to whom.

Please remember that the best letters of recommendations come from professors who know you well and upon whom you made a great impression.


Peter Harris, “The Case for Decolonizing the Chagos Islands: A Response to Bashfield.” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, online (June 2021): DOI: 10.1080/19480881.2021.1924027.*

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 (Summer 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.

Peter Harris, “Entrenching Retrenchment: The Uphill Struggle to Shrink America’s World Role.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 13, no. 2 (2019): 159-171.

Peter Trubowitz and Peter Harris, “The End of the American Century? Slow Erosion of the Domestic Sources of Usable Power.” International Affairs 95, no. 3 (2019): 619-639.

Peter Harris, “Why Trump Won’t Retrench: The Militarist Redoubt in American Foreign Policy.” Political Science Quarterly 133, no. 4 (Winter 2018-2019): 611-640.

Peter Harris. “How Does China Matter? A Research Agenda for International Relations.” Mountain West Journal of Politics and Policy 1, no. 1 (Fall 2018): 25-28.

Peter Harris, “China in British Politics: Western Unexceptionalism in the Shadow of China’s Rise.” The Chinese Journal of International Politics 10, no. 3 (Autumn 2017): 241-267.
     • Selected as “Editor’s Choice” for issue 10, no. 3.

Peter Harris, “Teaching the Territories in US Foreign Policy: Race and Empire in the American Experience.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 2 (April 2017): 506-509.

Peter Harris, “The Self-Destruction of Pax Americana.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 10, no. 1 (June 2016): 47-57.

Peter Harris, “Bracing for Brexit.” National Interest 143 (May-June 2016): 43-52.

Peter Harris, “America’s Other Guantánamo: British Foreign Policy and the U.S. Base on Diego Garcia.” The Political Quarterly 86, no. 4 (October-December 2015): 507-514.

Peter Harris, “Why Law and Politics Matter for Marine Conservation: The Case of the Chagos Marine Protected Area.” Environmental Policy and Law 45, no. 5 (September 2015): 204-207.

Peter Harris, “The Imminent U.S. Strategic Adjustment to China.” The Chinese Journal of International Politics 8, no. 3 (Autumn 2015): 219-250.
     • Selected as “Editor’s Choice” for issue 8, no. 3.
     • Included in “Debating China-US Relations: A CJIP Reader” (2015).
     • Included in “Debating China-US Strategic Competition: A CJIP Reader” (2018).

Peter Harris, “Britannia Rules the Waves? The Law of the Sea, the British Indian Ocean Territory, and the Chagos Islanders’ Right to Return.” Anthropology Today 31, no. 3 (June 2015): 18-19.

Peter Trubowitz and Peter Harris, “When States Appease: British Appeasement in the 1930s.” Review of International Studies 41, no. 2 (April 2015): 289-311.

Peter Harris, “Militarism in Environmental Disguise: The Greenwashing of an Overseas Military Base.” International Political Sociology 9, no. 1 (March 2015): 19-36.
      • Included in the IPS Virtual Issue: “Climate, Nature, and Contestation” (2017).

Peter Harris, “Problems with Power-Transition Theory: Beyond the Vanishing Disparities Thesis.” Asian Security 10, no. 3 (December 2014): 241-259.

Peter Harris, “Environmental Protection as International Security: Conserving the Pentagon’s Island Bases in the Asia-Pacific.” International Journal 69, no. 3 (September 2014): 377-393.
      • Winner of the 2014 Marvin Gelber Essay Prize.

Peter Harris, “Fortress, Safe Haven or Home? The Chagos MPA in Political Context.” Marine Policy 46 (May 2014): 19-21.

Peter Harris, “The Transatlantic Divide in (Undergraduate) International Relations.” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 12, no. 2 (April 2014): 229-235.

Peter Harris, “A Political Trilemma? International Security, Environmental Protection and Human Rights in the British Indian Ocean Territory.” International Politics 51, no. 1 (January 2014): 87-100.

Peter Harris, “Decolonising the Special Relationship: Diego Garcia, the Chagossians and Anglo-American Relations.” Review of International Studies 39, no. 3 (July 2013): 707-727.

Peter Harris, “Dead End or Crossroads? The Chagossians Fail in Strasbourg.” Anthropology Today 29, no. 3 (June 2013): 26.

Peter Harris, “Not Just a Military Base: Reframing Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands.” African Affairs 110, no. 440 (July 2011): 491-499.