Jonathan Monten

Assistant Professor in Political Science
216 Dale Hall Tower

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jonathan Monten is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of international relations, international security, and U.S. foreign policy. His work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Perspectives and Politics, and Global Governance. He has previously held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University. From 2009 – 2011, he was an LSE Fellow in Global Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. He received his PhD from the Department of Government at Georgetown University.


“Forced to Be Free: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Rarely Leads to Democratization,” International Security 37 (Spring 2013): 90-131. With Alexander B. Downes.

“Congress is Already Post-Partisan: Agreement Across the Aisle on U.S. Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs Snapshot, January 28, 2013. With Joshua Busby, William Inboden, and Jordan Tama.

“Republican Elites and Foreign Policy Attitudes,” Political Science Quarterly 127 (Spring 2012): 105-142. With Joshua Busby.

“Already Post-Partisan: Why Politics Does Stop at the Water’s Edge,” Foreign Affairs Snapshot, May 30, 2012. With Joshua Busby and William Inboden.

“Does Kant Justify Liberal Intervention?” Review of Politics 73 (September 2011): 633-647. With James Lindley Wilson.

“Off-Center: Misplaced Emphases in Debates about Liberal Internationalism.” H-Diplo/International Security Studies Forum Roundtable (2011). With Joshua Busby.

"Models of Crisis Decision-Making and the 1990-1991 Gulf War,” Security Studies 19 (July 2010): 486-520. With Andrew Bennett.

“Without Heirs? Assessing the Decline of Establishment Internationalism in U.S. Foreign Policy,” Perspectives on Politics 6 (September 2008): 451-472. With Joshua Busby.

“Primacy and Grand Strategy Beliefs in American Unilateralism,” Global Governance 13 (January-March 2007): 101-133.

“Thucydides and Modern Realism,” International Studies Quarterly 50 (March 2006): 3-26.

“The Roots of the Bush Doctrine: Power, Nationalism, and Democracy Promotion in U.S. Strategy,” International Security 29 (Spring 2005): 112-156. Reprinted in G. John Ikenberry, ed., American Foreign Policy, 6th edition (2010).

Working Papers

“Intervention, Aid, and Institution-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan: A Review and Critique of Comparative Lessons,” UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research Working Paper (forthcoming).

“Building Peace: The Impact of Aid on the Labor Market for Insurgents,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 17297 (August 2011). With Radha Iyengar and Matthew Hanson.

“Is There an ‘Emboldenment’ Effect: Evidence from the Insurgency in Iraq,” National Bureau of
Economic Research Working Paper No. 13839 (March 2008). With Radha Iyengar.


International Relations Theory 

International Security 

American Foreign Policy Since World War II 

Qualitative Research Methods 

Global Politics 

Capstone in Political Science