Professor John Owen

John M. Owen, IV

John M. Owen IV is Amb. Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and the Miller Center for Public Affairs. From January through June 2024 he is an Academic Visitor at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. His latest book is The Ecology of Nations: American Democracy in a Fragile World Order (Yale University Press, 2023).  He is author Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past (Princeton, 2014), of The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510-2010 (Princeton, 2010), and of Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and International Security (Cornell, 1997), and co-editor (with Judd Owen) of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia, 2011).  He is co-author, with Richard Rosecrance, of International Politics: How History Modifies Theory(Oxford, 2018).  He has published in the European Journal of International RelationsForeign AffairsInternational Organization, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, National Interest, New York Times, Perspectives on PoliticsWashington PostUSA Today, and a number of edited volumes.  Owen holds an A.B. from Duke University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has held fellowships or visiting positions at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Oxford, the Free University of Berlin, the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center, and the University of British Columbia.  His research has been supported by grants from the Mellon, MacArthur, Donchian, Earhart, and Smith Richardson foundations and the Army Research Laboratory.  From July 2011 through June 2014 he was Editor-in-Chief of Security Studies.  He is on the editorial board of that journal and of International Security. In 2015 he received a Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Bonn, Germany.

Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics

S465 Gibson Hall
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