Selected princeton faculty in international relations (2009)

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Princeton University
Department of Politics


This document provides a list of selected Princeton international relations faculty, including brief biographical and contact information. It is divided into two parts: Core IR Faculty in the Politics Department, and Other Princeton Faculty. For all scholars with doctorates in Political Science, a list of former graduate students is included.


Gary Bass
Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs Web Page

Bass works on global human rights, war crimes tribunals, humanitarian intervention, international security, international ethics, and American foreign policy. He is the author of Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals and Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention. Before coming to Princeton, he was a reporter for The Economist, and currently writes for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications.  Ph.D., Harvard.

Thomas Christensen

Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Director, Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program Web Page

Christensen researches Chinese foreign policy, the international relations of East Asia, and international security policy. He is author of Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization and Sino-American Relations, 1947-1958, as well as numerous articles on alliance politics, grand strategy, and Chinese foreign policy. He recently stepped down as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Affairs with responsibility for China, Taiwan and Mongolia. Christensen moved to Princeton from MIT in 2003. PhD. Columbia.

Former graduate students include: Ja Ian Chong (Hong Kong), Andrew Erikson (US Navy War College), Taylor Fravel (MIT), Yinan He (Seton Hall), Michael Glosny (National Defense University), Christopher Hemmer (US Air War College), Gregory

Koblentz (George Mason), Jennifer Lind (Dartmouth), Adam Segal (Council on Foreign Relations), John Qunjian Tian (Connecticut College), Chris Twomey (Naval Postgraduate School), Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth), Xu Xin (Cornell).

Christina Davis

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs Web Page

Davis writes on Japanese politics, international political economy, as well as the EU trade relations, agricultural trade politics, and international organizations. She is author of Food Fights over Free Trade: How International Institutions Promote Agricultural Trade Liberalization (Princeton, 2005). Her articles have appeared in International Security, International Organization, American Political Science Review, World Politics, Comparative Politics, and Perspectives on Politics. PhD, Harvard.

Aaron Friedberg
Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Co-Director, Center for National Security Studies Web Page

Friedberg’s areas of interest include U.S. foreign and defense

policies, with particular focus on East Asia, problems of national ascendancy and decline, the political economy of national security, and international security studies. He is the author of The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895–1905 and In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America’s Anti-Statism and Its Cold War Grand Strategy. In 2003-2005, he has served on the staff of Vice President Richard Cheney. Ph.D. Harvard.

Joanne Gowa
Professor of Politics Web Page

Gowa’s research interests include international monetary policy, the democratic peace, and international political economy. She is the author of Closing the Gold Window: Domestic Politics and the End of Bretton Woods; Allies, Adversaries, and International Trade and Ballots and Bullets: The Elusive Democratic Peace, as well as numerous articles. She is a member of the editorial boards of World Politics and International Organization. PhD, Princeton.

Former graduate students include: Eduardo Castro (IMF/World Bank), Beth Bloodgood (Corcordia College).

Emilie Hafner-Burton

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs Web Page

Hafner-Burton writes on global human rights, international regime theory, economic sanctions, international law and organization, international gender issues, and transnational networks. Her forthcoming book Coercing Human Rights: How Powerful Countries Regulate Repression through Preferential Trade Agreements (Cornell) won the APSA Helen Dwight Reid Award for Best Dissertation in International Relations. She joined the Princeton Faculty in 2005 from Oxford and Stanford Universities. PhD., Wisconsin.

John Ikenberry
Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Co-Director, Princeton Center for National Security Studies Web Page

Ikenberry researches grand strategy, American foreign policy, postwar settlements, theories of the state, international organizations and international political economy. He is currently working on a history of liberal world order. Among his publications are After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars, Reasons of State: Oil Politics and the Capacities of American Government, State Power and the World Economy, and The State, as well as numerous edited volumes. Ikenberry has served on the Policy Planning Staff of the US State Department. He joined the Princeton faculty from Georgetown University in 2004. Ph.D., Chicago.

Robert Keohane

Professor of International Affairs Web Page

Keohane has pioneered the field of international cooperation and international political economy. His current research focuses on democratic accountability in international organizations and the policy implications of international regime theory. He is the author of After Hegemony, Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World, International Institutions and State Power; co-author of Power and Interdependence and Designing Social Inquiry; and editor or co-editor of eleven other books, most recently Humanitarian Intervention. He has been president of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. He is involved in Princeton’s cooperative programs with NYU Law School and Oxford University. Keohane joined the Princeton faculty from Duke University in 2005. PhD. Harvard.

Former graduate students include: Vinod Aggarwal (Berkeley), Jonathan Aronson (UCSD), Elizabeth DeSombre (Wellesley), Page Fortna (Columbia), Michael Gilligan (NYU), Lisa Martin (Wisconsin), Timothy McKeown (UNC), Heather McKibben (UC Davis), Helen Milner (Princeton), Ronald Mitchell (Oregon), Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton), Layna Mosley (UNC), Beth Simmons (Harvard),

Randall Stone (Rochester), J. Ann Tickner (USC), David Yoffie (Harvard Business School).

Jason Lyall
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs Web Page

Lyall’s areas of research include the causes of civil conflict, terrorism, and war, post-Soviet and Russian politics, grand strategy and military effectiveness, and international security. He is particularly interested in the social construction of identities and ideas, as well as social network analysis. Specific projects include a study of security dilemma dynamics in Central Asia, anti-Chechen War protest in post-communist Russia, and a study of ethnic separatism in post-communist Eurasia and Southeast Asia. His dissertation, Paths of Ruin: Why Revisionist States Arise and Die in World Politics, which examines how collective identities shape, and often undermine, a state's grand strategy, won the APSA’s Helen Dwight Reid Award for Best Dissertation in International Relations. PhD, Cornell.

Former Graduate Students: Ludmila Krytynskaia (Belarus).

Helen Milner
B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Director, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance Web Site

Milner researches international trade, domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization and regionalism, and the relationship between democracy and trade policy. She is currently working on the political economy of foreign aid, the global diffusion of the internet, global environmental policy, and the ethics of North-South relations. She has authored Resisting Protectionism: Global Industries and the Politics of International Trade (1988) and Interests, Institutions and Information (1997); has edited Political Science: The State of the Discipline III (2002), Interests, Institutions and Information: Domestic Politics and International Relations (1997), The Political Economy of Economic Regionalism (1997), Internationalization and Domestic Politics (1996); and is general editor of International Library of Writings on the New Global Economy. She directs a joint colloquium and graduate training group on international political economy with Harvard’s Government Department. In 2004, Milner joined the Princeton faculty from Columbia University. PhD. Harvard.
Former graduate students include: Marc Busch (Georgetown), Sarah Bermeo (Duke), Eduardo Castro (IMF/World Bank), Andrew Cortell (Lewis & Clark), Time Buthe (Duke), Andrew Flibbert (Trinity College), Orfeo Fioretos (Temple), Gulio Gallarotti (Wesleyan), Ben Judkins (Utah), (World Bank/UNIDO), Patrick LeBlond (Montreal, HEC), Kate McNamara (Georgetown), Bumba Mukherjee (Penn State), Rahul Mukherjee (Singapore), Megumi Naoi (UCSD), Kate O’Neill (Berkeley), Eric Reinhardt (Emory), George Shambaugh (Georgetown), Shanker Satynath (NYU), Robert Trager (UCLA).

Andrew Moravcsik
Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Director, European Union Program and International Relations Faculty Colloquium Web Site

Former Moravcsik writes on European integration, international law and organization, transatlantic relations, global human rights, negotiation analysis, and IR theory. He is currently working on the democratic legitimacy of international organizations, the EU constitution, IR theory, and Asian regionalism. His books include The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht, Power, Interdependence and Non-State Actors in World Politics, Europe beyond Illusions, and Between Centralization and Fragmentation. He is Contributing Editor of Newsweek magazine, Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and has served in policy positions for the US government, the Republic of Korea, and the European Union. Moravcsik joined the Princeton faculty in 2004 from Harvard University. PhD, Harvard.
Former graduate students include: Brian Burgoon (Amsterdam), Mark Copelovitch (Wisconsin), Jonathan Crystal (Fordham), Christopher Darnton (Catholic University), Mette Sangiovanni (Cambridge), Sieglinde Gstoehl (Collège d’Europe, Bruges), Nikitas Konstandinidis (Barcelona), Jette Knudsen (Copenhagen), Saadia Pekkanen (Washington), William Phelan (Trinity College), Daniel Philpott (Notre Dame), Mark Pollack (Temple), Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s College, London), Andreas von Staden (Darmstadt).

Kristopher Ramsay
Assistant Professor of Politics Web Page

Ramsay’s areas of specialization include international relations, political economy, bargaining theory, and statistical methods. His current work examines bargaining in international politics, and its relationship to international organization. He has published in Journal of Conflict Resolution, American Journal of Political Science, and American Political Science Review. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2004 from the University of Rochester. PhD, Rochester.

Former Graduate Students include: Nikitas Konstandinidis (Barcelona).

Jacob Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Politics Web Page

Shapiro’s research focuses on economic motivations and organizational challenges of terrorist organizations. He specializes in using principal-agent analysis to understand how terrorist groups are constructed and how to combat them, and in analyzing primary documentation on terrorist groups. His publications include co-authorship of Harmony and Disharmony: Exploiting al-Qa’ida’s Organizational Vulnerabilities and Homeland Security: A New Strategic Paradigm?. As a Naval Reserve officer he was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Naval Warfare Development Command, as well as serving on active duty at Special Boat Team 20 and onboard the USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968). Shapiro joined Princeton in 2008 from Stanford. PhD, Stanford University.

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs

Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs Web Page

Slaughter’s work lies at the juncture of political science and law, where she pioneered the current emphasis on international relations and international law. Her most recent book The Idea that is America analyzes the role and potential renewal of American values. Her book A New World Order identifies transnational networks of government officials as an important component of global governance. She co-edited Legalization and World Politics with Judith Goldstein, Miles Kahler, and Robert O. Keohane. Slaughter is former President of the American Society of International Law. She serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation, and contributes frequently to national and international news media. She is currently on leave as Director of Policy Planning at the US Department of State. She co-chaired the Princeton Project on National Security, aimed at developing a bipartisan national security strategy. Slaughter came to Princeton in 2003 from Harvard, where she was Professor of Law and Director of International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. JD Harvard Law School, D.Phil Oxford.
Former graduate students include: William Burke-White (Pennsylvania), Andrew Guzman (UC Berkeley), Larry Helfer (Vanderbilt),

Keren Yarhi-Milo

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs


Yahri-Milo researches military intelligence, strategic-military doctrine, perceptions, and epistemic and psychological theories of national security decision-making. Her research examines assessments of an adversary’s capabilities, intentions, and behavior, with particular focus on US assessments of Soviet intentions during the Cold War, British evaluation of Nazi Germanys goals, Israels estimates of the objectives of Egypt under Sadat, as well as current appraisals of the objectives of Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and China. Yarhi-Milo has worked at the Mission of Israel to the United Nations, as well as served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Intelligence Branch. Yahri-Milo joins the Princeton faculty in 2009. PhD, Pennsylvania.



Christopher Achen
Professor of Politics Web Site

Chris Achen's research interest is Political Methodology, particularly in its application to empirical democratic theory, American Politics, and International Relations. He is the author of two books, Interpreting and Using Regression and The Statistical Analysis of Quasi-Experiments, and co-author of a third, Cross-Level Inference. His last two co-edited books are The European Union Decides, and Voter Turnout in Multi-Level Systems—both based on research on the European Union. He was the first president of the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association. Until 2004, Achen taught at Michigan, where he was recipient of an award for lifetime achievement in training graduate students. PhD, Yale.

Jeremy Adelman

Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor of History Web Page

Adelman studies Latin American history, with particular attention to the comparative development, state formation and legal history, and Latin America’s relationship to the Atlantic world. Adelman’s current project is an analysis of the decline and collapse of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires and the origins of the nation states and market economies. Among his current projects is a biography of the economist and political theorist Albert O. Hirschman. His books include Frontier Development: Land, Labour, and Capital on the Wheatlands of Argentina and Canada, Republic of Capital: Buenos Aires and the Legal Transformation of the New World, and Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, a history of the world since 1300. PhD. Oxford.

Kwame Anthony Appiah

University Professor of Philosophy

Faculty Associate, Department of Politics Web Site

Appiah’s research focuses on moral and political philosophy, African and African-American studies, and issues of nationalism and multiculturalism. His writings include books, essays and articles, as well as reviews, short fiction, three novels, and poetry. These include Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race, In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience, Encarta Africana, The Ethics of Identity, and Cosmopolitanism. PhD, Cambridge.

David Baldwin

Faculty Research Associate, Woodrow Wilson School

Baldwin’s research interests include international political economy, American foreign policy, economics and national security, the concept of power, and international relations theory. Among dozens of books and articles, he is author of Economic Statecraft: Paradoxes of Power, East-West Trade and the Atlantic Alliance, The Political Economy of National Security: An Annotated Bibliography, Key Concepts in International Political Economy, and Neorealism and Neoliberalism: The Contemporary Debate. Baldwin came to Princeton in 2005 from Columbia University. PhD. Princeton.

Mark Beissinger

Professor of Politics Web Page

Mark Beissinger researches nationalism, state-building, imperialism, and social movements, with special reference to the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet states. He is currently working on a book titled Imperial Reputation: The Politics of Empire in a World of Nation-States. He is author or editor of four books, including Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State (2002), which won the APSA Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book in political science. He is Past-President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. Beissinger came to Princeton from Wisconsin in 2006, where has served as department chair from 2001 to 2004, and was founding Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia. PhD, Harvard.

Charles Beitz
Professor of Politics Web Page

Beitz’s research interests focus on human rights, international political theory, and democratic theory. His current work includes projects on the philosophy of global human rights and international politics. His main works include Political Theory and International Relations and Political Equality: An Essay in Democratic Theory, as well as articles on a variety of topics in political philosophy. He co-edited International Ethics and Law, Economics, and Philosophy. Professor Beitz is the Editor of the journal Philosophy & Public Affairs. Beitz joined the department in 2001from Bowdoin College, where he was also Dean for Academic Affairs. PhD, Princeton.

Miguel Angel Centeno

Professor of Sociology and International Affairs Web Page

Centeno’s research focuses on mapping globalization, war and peace, and on technocratic governance and state-making in Latin America. He is currently working on two book projects: The Historical Atlas of Globalization and The Triumph and Dilemmas of Liberalism. Through the International Networks Archive ( ) he is working on improving the quantitative scholarship available on globalization. He is the author of Mexico in the 1990s (1991), Democracy within Reason: Technocratic Revolution in Mexico (2nd. 1997), Blood and Debt: War and Statemaking in Latin America (2002 ) and the editor of Toward a New Cuba (1997), The Politics of Expertise in Latin America (1997), The Other Mirror: Grand Theory and Latin America (2000), and Mapping the Global Web (2001). He has also written and produced a 6 hour CD-ROM version of his course on “The Western Way of War”. He serves as an editor for several journals including World Politics He has received grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and has been a Fulbright scholar in Russia and Mexico. PhD. Yale.

Christopher Chyba

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and International Affairs

Director, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School Web Page

Chyba’s research in security studies focuses on nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons policy and biological terrorism. His planetary science and astrobiology research focuses on the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. Chyba has served as a White House Fellow, a staff member of the National Security Council, and in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, working on emerging infectious diseases, biological terrorism, and NASA's Europa Orbiter mission—and continues to serve on many advisory bodies. Chyba came to Princeton in 2005 from Stanford. PhD, Cornell.

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