Daniel H Nexon


Associate Professor


Faculty - SFS
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Dan Nexon has held fellowships at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation and at the Ohio State University's Mershon Center for International Studies. During 2009-2010 he worked in the U.S. Department of Defense as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.

Professor Nexon specializes in international security and international-relations theory. His current research focuses on statecraft and instruments of power politics, particularly in the context of unequal inter-state relations. He is the current lead editor of International Studies Quarterly.

Professor Nexon's work covers issues in international-relations theory, American foreign policy, power politics, the politics of religious contention, and the relationship between popular culture and world politics. He is the author of The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change (Princeton University Press, 2009), which won the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) Best Book Award for 2010.

His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Dialogue IO,European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Perspectives, International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Studies, the Review of International Political Economy, and World Politics

He founded, and used to blog, at The Duck of Minerva.


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  • PhD (2004) Columbia University, Political Science
  • AB (1995) Harvard University, Government