301B McMicken Hall
Steve Porter is interested in how societies govern themselves in times of violent upheaval, particularly how responsibility is assumed for dispossessed victims of war and persecution. He also investigates the ways in which the United States achieved a position of global hegemon in the twentieth century not just through the deployment of state and commercial power but through the activities of America’s robust civil society, especially those institutions engaged in humanitarian aid initiatives. Finally, Porter joins a recent wave of historical inquiry that seeks to show the connections between ‘foreign’ and ‘domestic’ phenomena. These issues are addressed in his forthcoming book, A Benevolent Empire? Refugees, NGOs, and the American State. Porter teaches these and other matters in undergraduate and graduate courses exploring human rights and humanitarianism, U.S. foreign relations, immigration, war on the home front, legal history, global protest movements, and public-private governing strategies. He has served as director of the International Human Rights Certificate at the University of Cincinnati and as advisor to several student organizations. Porter earned a PhD in History from the University of Chicago.