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.


Ph.D., Florida International University 2019, International Relations

M.A., Florida International University 2015, Asian Studies

M.S., Oklahoma State University 2007, Geography

B.A., University of Central Oklahoma 2001, Geography

Areas of Expertise
  • security studies
  • foreign policy
  • geopolitics
  • Asian politics
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • International Association for Energy Economics
  • International Studies Association
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