Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990

Franke Wilmer


International organization, international law, human rights, ethnic conflict, peace studies.

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Current Courses

PSCI 230D - Introduction to International Relations
PSCI 331 - International Relations Theory
PSCI 418 - The Politics of War & Peace
PSCI 434 - International Law
PSCI 439 - International Human Rights


Phone: (406) 994-5246
Fax: (406) 994-6692

Research Agenda

Political violence; regulating the international use of force; psychology of identity and conflict; indigenous politics and activism; post-conflict reconciliation; feminist theory; patriarchy, gender, and peacebuilding.

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1990
Major Area: Government & Politics

M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1985
Major Area: International Relations

B.S., Shepherd College, 1981
Major Areas: Political Science, Economics


  • Member, Western Interstate Higher Commission for Higher Education, 2014-present

  • Representative, Montana state legislature 2007-2013

  • Montana House of Representatives - House District 64, 2006-present

  • Full Professor, Political Science & International Relations, Montana State University, 2002-present

  • Department Head, Political Science, Montana State University. 2001-2005

  • Associate Professor, Political Science & International Relations, Montana State University 1996-2001

  • Assistant Professor, Political Science & International Relations, Montana State University 1991-96

  • Visiting Scholar, Political Science & Women's Studies, Iowa State University 1995-96    

  • Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, 1990-91

  • Academic Advisor, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1987-90

  • Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, 1981-87

Events and Publications

Human Rights in International Relations: An Introduction. 2015. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

"Gender, Violence, and Dehumanization: No Peace With Patriarchy." 2014. In Gender and Peacebuilding: All Hands Required, Maureen Flaherty, Sea. Byrne, Thomas Matyok, Jessica Senehi, and H. Tuso, (Eds.) Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

"The Social Construction of Man, State and War: Identity, Conflict, and Violence in Former Yugoslavia".

"Ce n’est pas une guerre/This is not a war: The International Language and Practice of Political Violence." being published in book: LANGUAGE, AGENCY, AND POLITICS, edited by Francois Debrix.

International Studies Association Meeting in Los Angeles (March)

Draft ISA paper "Indigenous Peoples' Continuing Quest for Justice: Restructuring Indigenous-State Relations"

Draft Identities, Borders and Orders paper "War and the Westphalian State"

Draft International Society for Political Psychology paper "Medicine as Metaphor: Indigenous Philosophies of Power" Conference July 1999, Amsterdam