Political Science Major

Timothy Ruback, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Maine Model United Nations Conference

Office Location

200 E Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

By appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Arizona State University (2008)
  • M.A. Arizona State University (2000)
  • B.A. Bates College (1998)


Dr. Timothy J. Ruback is a Lecturer of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science.  He has previously taught at Dartmouth College, Smith College, and Arizona State University (where he earned his Ph.D.).  Professor Ruback is also directing the Maine Model United Nations Program (MeMUNC).  He joined the staff at USM in 2015.

This year at USM, Professor Ruback is teaching courses on the United Nations and on Border Politics, as well as an introductory course on International Relations.  Other courses he has enjoyed teaching include:  US Foreign Policy, Global Terrorism, International Theory, and The Global Politics of Soccer.

Ph.D. Arizona State University (2008)

M.A. Arizona State University (2000)

B.A. Bates College (1998)

Research Interests

Professor Ruback's research focuses on critical and post-structural approaches to sovereignty, security, and international theory.  He also publishes on political science research methods.  His article on process-tracing methods won the best article award for 2010 from the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Recent Publications

(2015) "Ever Since The Days of Thucydides:  The Quest for Textual Origins of IR Theory" in Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics:  Critical Investigations, Scott G. Nelson & Nevzat Soguk, eds.  Ashgate Press.

(2015) "Thucydides our Father, Thucydides our Shibboleth:  The History of the Peloponnesian War as a Marker of Contemporary International Relations Theory" in A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides, Neville Morley, ed.  Wiley-Blackwell Press.

(2011) "Sovereignties (Once Again) in Question." International Studies Review (13:4), December, 631-636.

(2010) "'Let Me Tell the Story Straight On:' Middlemarch, Process Tracing Methods & the Politics of Narrative." British Journal of Politics and International Relations, (12:4) November, 477-497.