Andrea Paras

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x53501
MCKN 516
Education (doctoral degree): 
PhD Political Science, University of Toronto (2010)

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.

  • Paras, Andrea. (Forthcoming) Moral Obligations and Sovereignty in International Relations: A Genealogy of Humanitarianism. Routledge
  • Mitchell, Lynne, and Andrea Paras (2018, forthcoming). “When Difference Creates Dissonance: Understanding the Process of Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad.” Intercultural Education.
  • de Carvalho, Benjamin, and Andrea Paras. (2015). “Sovereignty and Moral Obligation: Confessional England and the Huguenots.” The International History Review.  37(1), 2015: 1-21.
  • Paras, Andrea. (2014) “Between Missions and Development: Christian NGOs in the Canadian Development Sector.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 35(3): 439-457.
  • Paras, Andrea. (2012). “CIDA’s Secular Fiction and Canadian Faith-based Organisations.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 33(2): 231-249.

Andrea Paras is the recipient of several teaching and research awards, including the 2016 Award for Teaching from the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph, and the 2016 Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education Program from the Canadian Bureau of International Education.