Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: James DeShaw Rae

Title: Professor

Office Location: Tahoe Hall 3123

Email: rae@csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-7866

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

Office Hours: T 11:00-1:00pm, Th 12:00-1:00pm, or by appointment


James DeShaw Rae is professor of politics and director of the Asian Studies Program at California State University, Sacramento. James is from Iowa and attained 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 completed 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, as well as politics and national identity in East and Southeast Asia. He has published in Global Change, Peace, and Security; Peace Review; Asian Politics and Policy; Eurasian Geography and Economics; and Ethnic Studies Report. James was twice a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, China: at China Foreign Affairs University (2011-12) and at Beijing Foreign Studies University (2017-18).

Courses that I teach

  • Pols 35: World Politics
  • Pols 127: International Law
  • Pols 130: International Politics
  • Pols 131: International Organization
  • Pols 137: Nationalism
  • Pols 145: Asian Politics
  • Pols/Asia 146: US-China Relations
  • Pols 162: American Film and Culture in the Nuclear Age
  • Asia 151: Genocide in Southeast Asia


Research Projects/Interests

  • Human Rights, War Crimes, and Transitional Justice
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Ethnic Conflict, Nationalism, and Political Violence
  • East and Southeast Asian Politics 

Curriculum Vita