John Edward Mariano is an M.A. candidate in the Department of Political Science with specializations in international relations and political theory. His major research interests include international relations theory, international security, the relationship between ethics and IR, postcolonial thought, and climate change in the Global South.
Mr. Mariano holds a B.A. in political science (Honors) and the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame, where he was also a certificate fellow in international security at The Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC). His senior thesis, “Where Conscience Meets Power: A Theory of Moral Rhetoric in International Relations,” ponders whether the use of moral rhetoric influences the likelihood of international conflict.
His research, “Kant’s Categorical Imperative in International Relations: A System of Ethical State Behavior,” has been published in Notre Dame’s Beyond Politics. He currently serves as a Security Assistance Monitor Intern at the Center for International Policy, a progressive foreign policy think tank that tracks U.S. security assistance, arms transfers, and foreign military training to countries around the world.