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Name: James DeShaw Rae

Title: Professor

Office Location: Tahoe Hall 3123


Office Phone: (916) 278-7866

Mailing Address: Sacramento State 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: On leave until Fall 2018


James DeShaw Rae is professor of politics at California State University, Sacramento. James is originally from Iowa and did his bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Iowa. He formerly worked in Washington, DC as a researcher at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a non-partisan think tank funded by the U.S. Congress to help prevent, manage and resolve international conflict. While there, he did a master's degree in International Affairs at American University. He received his PhD in Political Science at the University of Hawai'i. He is the author of Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote Warfare, and Military Technology (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in East Timor (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2009). His research focuses on peace, justice, human rights, and international law, while recently commencing a new area of inquiry regarding national identity in East Asia. He has published in Global Change, Peace, and Security; Peace Review; Asian Politics and Policy; Eurasian Geography and Economics; and Ethnic Studies Report. From 2011-12, James was a Fulbright Scholar at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China and from 2017-18 is a Fulbright Scholar at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China.

Courses that I teach

  • Govt 35: World Politics
  • Govt 127: International Law
  • Govt 130: International Relations
  • Govt 131: International Organization
  • Govt 137: Nationalism
  • Govt 145: Government and Politics of Asia
  • Govt 162: American Film and Culture in the Nuclear Age
  • Asia 151: Genocide in Southeast Asia


  • James DeShaw Rae and Xiaodan Wang. “Placing Race, Culture, and the State in Chinese National Identity: Han, Hua, or Zhongguo? Asian Politics and Policy 8, no. 3 (July 2016): 474-493.
  • James DeShaw Rae. Review of Shane Gunderson. Momentum and the East Timor Independence Movement: The Origins of America’s Debate on East Timor. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2015. Marine Corps University Journal 7, no. 1 (Spring 2016).
  • James DeShaw Rae. “Drones and a Culture of Death.” Peace Review 27, no. 4 (2015).
  • Maryam Ahmad and James DeShaw Rae. “Women, Islam, and Peacemaking in the Arab Spring.” Peace Review 27, no. 3 (2015): 312-319.
  • Orhon Myadar and James DeShaw Rae. “Territorializing National Identity in Post-Socialist Mongolia: Purity, Authenticity, and Chinggis Khaan.” Eurasian Geography and Economics 55, no. 5 (2015): 560-577.
  • James DeShaw Rae. “Planting Flags on the Tide: Sovereignty, Containment, and Conflict Resolution in the East and South China Seas.” İstanbul Gelişim University Journal of Social Sciences 1, no.1 (June 2014): 93-116.
  • James DeShaw Rae. Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote Warfare, and Military Technology. New York, NY: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014.
  • James DeShaw Rae. “Can We Expect More Constructive Relations between the US and China after the Leadership Changes?” Euro Atlantic Quarterly 1, vol. 8 (1/2013).
  • James DeShaw Rae. “Transitional Justice in Divided Societies: Using Hybrid Courts to Manage Conflict.” In William J. Lahneman and Joseph R. Rudolph, Jr., eds. From Mediation to Nation-Building: Third Parties and the Management of Communal Conflict. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
  • James DeShaw Rae. “International Commission of Inquiry on East Timor (ICIET).” In Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky, eds. The Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • James DeShaw Rae. “Promoting Human Rights through Hybrid Courts: The Serious Crimes Process in East Timor.” In Lilian A. Barria and Steven D. Roper, eds. The Development of Institutions of Human Rights: A Comparative Study. London, U.K.: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010. 
  • James DeShaw Rae. Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in East Timor. Boulder, CO: First Forum Press/Lynne Rienner, 2009.
  • James Rae. Review of Victor Peskin. International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans: Virtual Trials and the Struggle for State Cooperation. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Peace Review 21, no. 3 (Fall 2009): 420-425.
  • James Rae. “Review of Vincent Kelly Pollard. Globalization, Democratization, and Asian Leadership: Power Sharing, Foreign Policy and Society in the Philippines and Japan. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2004. Political Studies Review 5, no. 2 (May 2007): 313-314. 
  • James Rae. “War Crimes Accountability: Justice and Reconciliation in Cambodia and East Timor.” Global Change, Peace, and Security 15, no. 2 (June 2003).
  • Cynthia Irvin and James Rae. “Spain and the Basque Country.” In John Darby. The Effects of Violence on Peace Processes. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2001: 77-86.
  • John Darby and James Rae. “Peace Processes from 1988-98: Changing Patterns.” Ethnic Studies Report 17, no. 1 (January 1999): 45-64.
  • Daniel Serwer, Lauren Van Metre, and James Rae. “Montenegro-And More-At Risk.” Special Report No. 42, Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 1999.

Newspaper Opinion Pieces

Research Projects/Interests

  • Human Rights, War Crimes, and Transitional Justice
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Ethnic Conflict, Nationalism, and Political Violence
  • East and Southeast Asia (particularly Cambodia, China, and East Timor)