Brian Bow

Associate Professor


Department of Political Science
Phone: 494-6629
Mailing Address: 
Department of Political Science Rm 301, 3rd Floor, Henry Hicks Bldg Dalhousie University, 6299 South Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics: American foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy, Canada-US relations, Diplomacy (multilateral and bilateral), International realtions, North America



  • University of British Columbia (B.A.)
  • York University (M.A.)
  • Cornell University (Ph.D.)

Prof. Bow teaches courses on IR theory, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Negotiation, North American Politics, US Foreign Policy, Canadian Foreign Policy, and Research Methods.

Research Interests:

Dr. Bow specializes in international politics, with a focus on diplomacy, policy coordination, and foreign policy-making. Most of his current research is on North American regional politics, US-Mexico, and US-Canada relations, but he is more generally interested in diplomatic norms and practices, coercive bargaining, regional security cooperation, and the links between domestic institutions and international policy coordination.

Ongoing projects (updated January 2014):


The Making and Unmaking of North America, research monograph, in progress.

Building without Architecture: Understanding Post-NAFTA North America, volume co-edited with Greg Anderson, forthcoming from Routledge.

“Path of Least Resistance: Politicization and Public Attitudes in North America” (with Arturo Santa Cruz), chapter for Building without Architecture volume.

“Legitimacy and Regional Integration: The North American Experience in Comparative Perspective,” chapter for forthcoming volume, The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas, edited by Achim Hurrelmann and Steffen Schneider.

“The Study of Regional Orders and the Neglected Case of North America,” journal article, in progress.


Selected Publications:

  • "Security and the State in Mexico: Transformation and Crisis in Regional Perspective", volume co-edited with Arturo Santa Cruz (Routledge, October 2012).
  • “Beyond Mérida?: The Evolution of the United States’ Response to Mexico’s Security Crisis,” for Brian Bow and Arturo Santa Cruz, eds., Security and the State in Mexico.
  • “Immovable Object or Unstoppable Force?: Crisis and the Social Construction of North America,” in Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald, eds., North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence (University of Toronto Press, October 2012).
  • "Diplomatic Cultures: Multiple Wests and Identity in US-Canada and US-Mexico Relations" (with Arturo Santa Cruz), in Peter J. Katzenstein, ed., Anglo-America and its Discontents: Civilizational Identities beyond East and West (Routledge, March 2012).
  • "The Politics of Linkage: Power, Independence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations" (University of British Columbia Press, November 2009). Awarded the Donner Prize for best public policy book published in Canada in 2009.

…plus several additional articles on Canada-US relations, Canadian foreign policy, and North American regional politics, published in International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy, American Review of Canadian Studies, and Canadian-American Public Policy.

Service and Activities:

Dr. Bow is currently a Senior Fellow at American University’s Center for North American Studies (CNAS) and a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI). He has previously been a visiting researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Center, American University, Georgetown University, Carleton University and the Australian National University.

His 2009 book, The Politics of Linkage, was awarded the Donner Prize as the best book on public policy published in Canada that year. He has been awarded major grants and awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fulbright Foundation, PIERAN, Mellon Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.