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Sacramento State Faculty

James DeShaw Rae

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Name: James DeShaw Rae

Title: Professor


Office Phone: (916) 278-7866

Mailing Address:

Sacramento State 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: MWF 9:00-9:50am, or by appointment

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)