Lecturer of International Affairs

Curriculum Vitae

B. Bryan Barber joined the Department of International Affairs as a Lecturer in 2022. Prior to working at UGA, he was a Teaching Fellow at Nazarbayev University’s Department of Science and Society in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 2019 until 2022. Dr. Barber also completed a postdoc in 2019 at the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at Florida International University, where he had previously received his Ph.D. in International Relations. Dr. Barber is the author of the 2020 book Japan’s Relations with Muslim Asia (Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently working on his next manuscript on relations among states in East Asia and the Persian Gulf.


PhD, Florida International University, International Relations, 2019

MA, Florida International University, Asian Studies, 2015

MS, Oklahoma State University, Geography, 2007

BA, University of Central Oklahoma, Geography, 2001

Areas of Expertise
  • security studies
  • foreign policy
  • political economy
  • geopolitics
  • Asian politics
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Learning and Development, University of Georgia, September 2023
  • Teaching Academy, University of Georgia Fellow 2023-2024 Academic Year
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • International Association for Energy Economics
  • International Studies Association
Course Instruction
  • INTL 1100 Global Issues
  • INTL 3200 Introduction to International Relations
  • INTL 4230 International Political Economy
  • INTL 4340 Post-Communist Politics
  • INTL 4360 East Asian Politics
  • INTL 4770 Special Topics: Religion and International Relations
  • INTL 4780 Special Topics: Politics of Japan
  • INTL 4780 Special Topics: Politics of Central Asia
Selected Publications


 Japan’s Relations with Muslim Asia. Palgrave MacMillan, 2020 Link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-34280-7

Journal articles:

“Strategizing Asia: Japan’s Values-Based Diplomacy amid Great Powers’ Competing Visions for Broader Asia.” Japan Studies Review 24(1), 2020 (pp. 3-34).

“Far, yet so Near: Normativity in Japan’s Diplomacy with the Central Asian Republics.” Asian Affairs: An American Review 45(1), 2018 (pp. 18-39).

“Comprehensive Security 2.0: (Re)applying a Distinctive Security Concept to the 3/11 Disasters in Japan.” Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies 16(2), 2016 Link: https://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/ejcjs/vol16/iss2/barber.html