Dr Ryan Griffiths

BA, Berkeley, M.Phil, PhD, Columbia University
Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4882

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Biographical details

Griffiths' research focuses on three loosely related areas. The first examines the dynamics of secession with a particular emphasis on the international and domestic causes of secessionist conflict over time. The second research area investigates the organization of the international system, with a specific interest in sovereignty and different types of political order, historically and in the future. The third research area looks at the rise of China, with a general interest in theories of power transition and a more focused attention to the question of whether China will seek to accept, overturn, or modify existing international norms. Before joining the department, Griffiths was a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. In 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Columbia University.

Research interests

  • Secession
  • Nationalism
  • International Relations Theory
  • The Rise of China
  • Research Method

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses

Current projects

Books

Griffiths, R (forthcoming), The Age of Secession: the International and Domestic Determinants of State Birth.

Datasets

Griffiths, R & Butcher, C 2013, "International System(s) Dataset (ISD), 1816-2011". Codebook.

Griffiths, R 2013, "Proto-States, 1816-2005".

Griffiths, R 2013, "Secessionist Movements, 1816-2011".

Blog Publications

Coggins, B, Fazal T & Griffiths, R 2012, "Atop the Sovereignty Bubble", Political Violence & a Glance. August 14, 2012.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Sovereign States: Indonesia and the Politics of Detention; Anderson S, Ferng J, Griffiths R; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Collaborative Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Fazal, T., Griffiths, R. (2014). Membership Has its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review (Print), 16(1), 79-106.
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession and the invisible hand of the international system. Review of International Studies. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). The Future of Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity in the Asian Century. Pacific Review.
  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2013). Introducing the International System(s) Dataset (ISD), 1816-2011. International Interactions, 39(5), 748-768. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2012). Book Review: Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict. Australian Army Journal, 9(3).
  • Griffiths, R. (2010). Security Threats, Linguistic Homogeneity, and the Necessary Conditions for Political Unification. Nations and Nationalism, 16(1), 169-188.
  • Griffiths, R., Fazal, T. (2008). A State of One’s Own: The Rise of Secession Since World War II. The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 15(1), 99-209.

Reference Works

  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession. Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2014

  • Fazal, T., Griffiths, R. (2014). Membership Has its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review (Print), 16(1), 79-106.
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession. Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession and the invisible hand of the international system. Review of International Studies. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). The Future of Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity in the Asian Century. Pacific Review.

2013

  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2013). Introducing the International System(s) Dataset (ISD), 1816-2011. International Interactions, 39(5), 748-768. [More Information]

2012

  • Griffiths, R. (2012). Book Review: Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict. Australian Army Journal, 9(3).

2010

  • Griffiths, R. (2010). Security Threats, Linguistic Homogeneity, and the Necessary Conditions for Political Unification. Nations and Nationalism, 16(1), 169-188.

2008

  • Griffiths, R., Fazal, T. (2008). A State of One’s Own: The Rise of Secession Since World War II. The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 15(1), 99-209.

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