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John M. Owen

Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S465 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Harvard
M.P.A., Princeton
A.B., Duke

John M. Owen IV is Amb. Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.  His newest book is International Politics: How History Modified Theory (Oxford, 2018), co-authored with Richard Rosecrance.  He is author of 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 is co-editor of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia, 2011).  He has published in the European Journal of International Relations, Foreign Affairs, International Organization, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, National Interest, New York Times, Perspectives on Politics, and a number of edited volumes.  Currently he is revising a book manuscript titled Protecting Democracy from the Outside: Constitutional Self-Government and International Order, under advance contract from Yale University Press.     He has held fellowships or been a visiting fellow 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, Olin, 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 Humboldt Research Award.

Understanding Citizens' Receptivity to Reintegrating Former Terrorists: A Study of Nigerian Communities
January 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
AS-POLI What History Can Teach Us about Radical Islam
Source: Anonymous
June 01, 2011 – January 10, 2014
PLIR 2020: Foreign Policies of the Powers
Credits: 3
Comparative analysis of the content and definition of foreign policies of select states in historical and contemporary periods.
PLIR 3400: Foreign Policy of the United States
Credits: 3
Analyzes major themes in American foreign policy, emphasizing security issues, from World War I through the Nixon administration. Prerequisite: Some background in the field of international relations or in U.S. history.
PLCP 3410: Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Credits: 3
Introduces contemporary political systems of the region stretching from Morocco to Iran. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of the Middle East.
PLIR 4430: Empire, Hegemony, Leadership
Credits: 3
Conceives of the international system as hierarchical, and considers how states gain, maintain, and lose predominance; whether hierarchy is necessary to international order; and how hierarchy affects the options of smaller states and other actors. Prerequisites: At least one course in PLIR.
PLIR 4450: The Clash of Ideas in World Politics
Credits: 3
Course considers whether differences over the best societal, regional, or global order affect patterns of conflict and cooperation in international affairs; and if so, how. We emphasize both theory and history. Requisite: One PLIR course
PLIR 7000: Core Seminar in International Relations
Credits: 3
Provides an overview of the main schools, theorists, and problems in the study of international relations and foreign policy. It is the core seminar for the international relations sub-field and thus aims to represents its contemporary character.

Humboldt Research Award, 2015

Lepgold Award for Best Book in International Relations, 2011