Andrea Paras joined the University of Guelph in 2012, after spending a year working at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Her research is centered on questions that investigate the political and ethical consequences of international humanitarian action. She also has research interests in religion and global politics, specifically on how the faith identities of NGOs influence their development practices. The main objective of her research is to understand how different actors derive their legitimacy through languages of morality. Her work cuts across multiple disciplines, and makes contributions to the fields of international relations, development studies, international ethics, and history. She is currently engaged in three specific research projects: 1) a study of the politics of religion within the non-governmental development sector, as well as the relationship between faith-based organisations and state donor agencies; 2) a manuscript project on the relationship between transnational moral obligations and practices of sovereignty from the 16th century to the present, which argues that moral obligations have contributed to the construction of sovereignty throughout its history; 3) a SOTL project on how students develop their intercultural competence in study abroad programs. Her teaching is motivated by a desire to empower students to find their own questions, with the goal of using education to create engaged and aware global citizens. 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. She received her MA (2003) and PhD (2010) from the University of Toronto, and her BA from the University of British Columbia (2002). She also held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Munk School of Global Affairs from 2010-2011. Her writing has also appeared in the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine.