Author profile: Daniel Clausen

Daniel Clausen is a graduate of Florida International University’s PhD program in International Relations. His research has been published in Asian Politics and Policy, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, and Culture and Conflict Review, among other publications. His teaching experience includes over seven years of experience as a TESOL instructor. He has also written several novels and short story collections. You can learn more about his work on his Amazon page here or on his Goodreads page here. He teaches full-time at an English school in Japan and part-time at Nagasaki International University.


What English Language Teachers Can Teach IR about Pedagogy

Daniel Clausen • May 9 2021 • Articles

At their core, English language teachers (and their IR active learning compatriots) believe that more people should be empowered to speak, and should help others find their voice.

Getting the Most Out of Class Discussion

Daniel Clausen • Apr 8 2019 • Articles

Good and bad discussions seem to occur at all levels, introductory levels, advanced classes, even graduate classes. For teaching academics, this raises some interesting issues.

Turning Students into Professionals

Daniel Clausen • Dec 11 2017 • Articles

The transition between university and professional life can be jarring. Ideals help students sail in the right direction in a turbulent professional world.

The Weird and Wonderful Virtues of Human Geography

Daniel Clausen • Oct 14 2017 • Articles

When one reads Human Geography seriously, one is more open to the creative dance of complex causes and open to lumpy landscapes.

Why IR Scholars Should Try to Write Fiction

Daniel Clausen • Sep 17 2017 • Articles

We should be aware of the ways in which real life can start to mirror genres or even the way politicians will shape politics to meet the rules of certain popular genres.

Reasonable Testing Accommodations for English Language Learners in IR Classrooms

Daniel Clausen • Aug 14 2017 • Articles

As the number of ELLs increase in university classrooms, it will be important for instructors to develop supporting approaches that are both fair and effective.

Barbarism and What is to be Done: Reforming Discourse in the Classroom

Daniel Clausen • May 26 2017 • Articles

The potential barbarism of discourse in future classrooms is discussed along with ways to promote civilisation amongst divergent students.

How to Stay Grounded in the Age of Information Overload

Daniel Clausen • Apr 30 2017 • Articles

If you’re a beautiful and benevolent outsider, speak up! In the age of information overload, your services are desperately needed.

Towards a ‘Challenge-Driven’ International Relations Education?

Daniel Clausen • Sep 1 2016 • Articles

One of the problems that IR faces is that its students cannot do it in the way that engineers, for example, can design and build in workshops.

Preaching the Craft of Reading

Daniel Clausen • Jul 27 2016 • Articles

Students should be encouraged to read outside their comfort zone to work out their reading muscles, or even to just turn off their TV, radios, and electronic devices.

Cultivating Your Silence in the Classroom

Daniel Clausen • May 8 2016 • Articles

Scholars often talk too much in the classroom. They should re-evaluate how they can reduce teacher talk time by encouraging students to take more of a lead.

Crude Thinking — 7 Ways of Dealing with the Complex in IR

Daniel Clausen • Jan 29 2016 • Articles

Complexity and chaos theory have been associated with modeling and literary fancy, but the suggestions explored here are based on the ethos of rugged practitioners.

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