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Kenneth A. Schultz

Kenneth A. Schultz, MA ’93, PhD ’96, is professor of political science and director of the program in international relations at Stanford University. His research focuses on understanding the causes of war within and between states, with an emphasis on the domestic political factors that shape foreign policy choices. He is the author of Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy and World Politics: Interests, Interactions, and Institutions (with David Lake and Jeffry Frieden), as well as numerous articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He was the recipient the 2003 Karl Deutsch Award, given by the International Studies Association, and a 2011 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, awarded by Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences.

  • Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, 2010-present
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, 2004-2010
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001–2004
  • Assistant Professor, Politics, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, 1996—2001
  • Director, Program in International Relations, Stanford University, 2005-2011, 2019-present
  • Bing Overseas Studies Program Council, Stanford University, 2009-2016
  • Bing Overseas Studies Program, Stanford University, Faculty Oversight Committee (2007-2016) and Executive Committee (2016-present)
  • Associate Editor, International Organization, 2017-present
  • Editorial Board, American Political Science Review (2007-2012), International Organization (2007-2012, 2014-2016), World Politics (2011-2017), Journal of Politics (2015-2017), Journal of Conflict Resolution (2015-2017).
Selected Publications:
  • Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • World Politics: Interests, Interactions, and Institutions (with David Lake and Jeffry Frieden). W. W. Norton & Company, 2018 (4th edition) 2015 (3rd edition), 2012 (2nd edition), 2010 (1st edition).
  • Climate as a Risk Factor for Armed Conflict,” (with co-authors), Nature 571 (July 2019), pp. 193–97.
  • “The Ratification Premium: Hawks, Doves, and Arms Control,” (with Sarah Kreps and Elizabeth Saunders) World Politics 70, no. 4 (October 2018), pp. 1–36.
  • “Perils of Polarization for U.S. Foreign Policy,” The Washington Quarterly 40 (Dec. 2017), pp. 7–28.
  • “The Politics of Territorial Disputes: A Geospatial Approach Applied to Africa” (with Hein Goemans), International Organization 71 (Winter 2017), pp. 31–64.
  • “The Politics of Risking Peace: Do Hawks or Doves Deliver the Olive Branch?” International Organization 59 (Winter 2005), pp. 1–38.
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, 2011
  • Victoria Schuck Faculty Scholar Chair in Political Science, Stanford University, 2010-2013
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, 2005-06
  • Karl Deutsch Award, International Studies Association, 2003
  • Teacher Appreciation Award, Pi Sigma Alpha, UCLA, 2003
  • Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, 2001
  • Helen Dwight Reid Award, American Political Science Association, 1997
  • Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha Award, American Political Science Association (co-recipient with Barry R. Weingast), 1995
Academic History:
  • BA, Russian and Soviet Studies, Harvard University, 1990
  • MA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1993
  • PhD, Political Science, Stanford University, 1996

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