Andrea Paras joined the University of Guelph in 2012, after spending a year as a faculty member at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She is a cross-disciplinary international relations scholar whose research contributes to political science, international development studies, history, intercultural studies, and the scholarship of learning and teaching.
Her research makes contributions to three main areas: 1) the history and politics of international humanitarianism; 2) religion, development, and humanitarianism; and 3) intercultural studies and international education. In all of these areas, the main objective of her research is to understand how different actors derive their legitimacy through languages of morality.
She teaches courses on world politics, human rights, religion and politics, and the politics of humanitarianism and development. She also leads the India Field School program, an intensive course on the ethics of international voluntourism that takes place in Guelph and Dharamsala, India.
Her writing has appeared in the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine, and she has also engaged in public advocacy to improve health care services for women who experience early pregnancy loss.