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Todd Stephen Sechser

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S282 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Stanford University, Ph.D., Political Science

Todd S. Sechser (Ph.D., Stanford, 2007) is Associate Professor of Politics specializing in questions of international security. His research interests include military coercion, reputations in international relations, the strategic effects of nuclear weapons, and the sources and consequences of military doctrine. Sechser’s work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. His dissertation won the 2008 Walter Isard Award for the best dissertation in peace science. Sechser has held research fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (Stanford), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Harvard), and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (Harvard). In 2011-12 he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Assessing the Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation
Source: Carnegie Corporation of New York
January 01, 2020 – December 31, 2022
AS-POLI Strategic Stability and the Effects of New Technologies
Source: Carnegie Corporation of New York
May 01, 2016 – December 31, 2021
AS-POLI NuclearWeapons and International Security: A Course Development Proposal
Source: The Stanton Foundation
July 01, 2018 – June 30, 2019
AS-POLI Advanced Weaponry in Civil Wars and Asymmetric Conflicts: A Mixed Method Approach
Source: Yale University
June 15, 2014 – June 14, 2017
PLIR 1010: International Relations
Credits: 3
Studies the geographic, demographic, economic, and ideological factors conditioning the policies of states, and the methods and institutions of conflict and adjustment among states, including the functions of power, diplomacy, international law and organization.
FORU 1500: Introduction to the Forums
Credits: 3
This course will introduce first-year students to their forum topic. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See for information on the forums.)
FORU 1510: Continuing the Forum
Credits: 1
This course follows the first-semester introductory forum class and keeps students engaged in the content of their forum. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See for information on the forums.)
FORU 2500: Forum Capstone Experience
Credits: 3
This course is the capstone course for forum students. It is to be taken in the fourth semester by forum students only. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See for information on the forums).
PLIR 3080: International Politics in the Nuclear Age
Credits: 3
Considers the impact of nuclear weapons on the relations among states. Prerequisite: One course in PLIR or instructor permission.
PLIR 4990: Honors Core Seminar in International Relations
Credits: 9
A critical analysis of important issues and works in political theory from diverse perspectives. Students are required to write weekly analytical essays and actively participate in small seminar discussions on issues including: theories of common good, economic justice, toleration and free society, and radical criticism. Prerequisite: Admission to Politics Honors Program.
PLIR 5993: Selected Problems in International Relations
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
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.
LPPP 7559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.