Montana State University

Department of Political Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172240
Bozeman, MT 59717-2240

Tel: (406) 994-4141
Fax: (406) 994-6692
Location: 2-143 Wilson Hall

Department Head

Linda Young

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Franke Wilmer, Professor

Franke Wilmer
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990

Curriculum: International organization, international law,
human rights, ethnic conflict, peace studies


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

Research agenda: International norms and the use of force, theories of war and conflict/IR theory, conflict in the former Yugoslavia, identity and political conflict, indigenous peoples' politics and activism, reconciliation in post-conflict environments, and feminist theory

Phone: 406-994-5246








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


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

  • 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

Current Research & Interests

Research Agenda:

  • International Norms and the Use of Force
  • Theories of War/IR Theory
  • Conflict in the former Yugoslavia
  • Identity and political conflict
  • Indigenous Peoples' politics and activism
  • Reconciliation in post-conflict environments
  • Feminist theory
  • Race, Ethnicity and Politics section of APSA
  • International Peace Research Association

Recent & Upcoming Events

Franke Wilmer's new book: "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