My scholarship investigates the causes, conduct, consequences, management, and resolution of international conflict and rivalries, and American defense and foreign policy in contemporary historical perspective.
In published research I have emphasized broad themes of leaders and leadership, including political and military leaders in times of war and peace, leaders' roles in managing and resolving dangerous rivalries, American leadership of the international order, and power transitions at the apex of that order. Recent and ongoing projects focus on understanding the microfoundations of rivalry change, including public opinion and generational attitudes toward enemy countries and the use of force abroad, and the struggle to adjust US defense policy to shrinking budgets and changing global realities. Click or tap here for current projects and recent publications, and here for a Google Scholar citation report.
My teaching blends traditional and innovative elements to provide students with opportunities to engage in critical inquiry, active learning, and pre-professional tasks that stimulate the mind and cultivate a career-oriented outlook.