Carla R Barqueiro

Carla R Barqueiro

  • Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, International Politics (2009)
    Aberystwyth University (UK)
  • MA, Sociology (2004)
    McGill University (CA)
  • BA, Sociology (2002)
    McGill University (CA)

About Me

I am a first generation college graduate, and a proud immigrant to the United States. I grew up in a multicultural city--Montreal--where my diverse family and community inspired my passion and interest in global politics. I became increasingly interested throughout my undergraduate degree in understanding under what conditions states use violence against their own citizens, and how the international community can play a key role in curtailing state repression. I developed a burgeoning interest throughout my graduate studies in understanding human insecurity, and the means through which diverse voices, those that are often marginalized in political discourse, can contribute to a deeper understanding of the politics of harm. In addition to my work in academia, I have worked in government in a multilateral setting for the Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States on issues related to citizen security and hemispheric security in Latin America and the Caribbean. I also worked in the non-profit sector on human rights advocacy and the prevention of mass atrocities at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS).  I draw heavily on my multisectoral professional experience in my teaching and research.

Research Interests

I have an active research agenda dedicated to human security. Much of my research work has focused on the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). This global norm was developed in 2001 when the global community was faced with questions surrounding its moral and legal obligations of the international community to prevent and respond to the most egregious mass atrocity crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, often at the hands of state governments. I have published several co-authored books, policy papers, op-eds, and journal articles in this area. More recently, I have begun examining the relationship between the concepts of kinship, race, gender, and state repression both along and inside territorial borders. Kinship as a concept has largely been used in the fields of Anthropology and Sociology and refers to a typology of human relationships centered around family, identity, and community networks.


  • Chalk, Frank, and Romeo Dallaire, Kyle Matthews, Carla Barqueiro, & Simon Doyle. (2010). Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership to Prevent Mass Atrocities. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Barqueiro, Carla. (2018). “When Outsiders Are Threats: How to Move beyond a Culture of Fear to a Shared Sense of Humanity”, in Samuel Totten (ed) Last Lectures on the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide. NY: Routledge.
  • Barqueiro, Carla, and Kate Seaman, and KT Towey. (2016). “Regional Organizations and Responsibility to Protect: Normative Reframing or Normative Change?”, Politics and Governance 4(3): 37-49.
  • Barqueiro, Carla & Katherine Teresa Towey (November 20, 2015) “Paris Attacks Should Strengthen US Resolve to Accept More Refugees”, The Hill, Opinion-Editorial,

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • International Studies Association-NE, Board Member
  • American Political Science Association
  • Canadian Political Science Association