Keir A Lieber


Associate Professor


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Keir A. Lieber is Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is a core faculty member of the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program. He also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Government.

Lieber was recently named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as one of the country's most innovative scholars. As a member of the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, he received a major research grant to support his project, "Nuclear Weapons and the New Era of Strategic Instability."

Lieber’s research and teaching interests include the causes of war; nuclear weapons, deterrence, and strategy; U.S. foreign policy; and international relations theory. He is author of War and the Engineers: The Primacy of Politics over Technology (Cornell University Press, 2005, 2008) and editor of War, Peace, and International Political Realism (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009). His articles have appeared in leading scholarly and foreign policy publications – most recently in International Security, Foreign Affairs, and the Atlantic Monthly. He is currently writing a book with Daryl Press (Dartmouth College) on nuclear weapons and international relations.

Lieber has also been awarded fellowships from the Brookings Institution, Council on Foreign Relations, Earhart Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and Smith Richardson Foundation.

Lieber received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a proud product of the D.C. public schools.


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  • Ph.D. (2000) University of Chicago, Political Science
  • M.A. (1996) University of Chicago, Political Science
  • B.A. (1992) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science and International Relations