Steven E. Lobell


Department of Political Science

University of Utah
Building 73, Room 227

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112


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Research Fellow, The Nobel Institute





I teach and research on International Security, Political Economy of Peacemaking, Neoclassical Realism, American Foreign Policy, the Rise and Decline of the Great Powers, and Regional Sub-systems including the Middle East and Asia. 


My major areas of research focus on great power competition at the systemic and sub-systemic level including: developing a neoclassical realist model of great power foreign policy and grand strategic adjustment; explaining twentieth and twenty-first century American diplomatic history; combining political economy and international security to understand statecraft; examining great power competition and emerging states including how leaders assess threats and when near peer states are dangerous; and addressing why states rise and decline and the prospect for hegemonic war.


I received my Ph.D from UCLA, my M.A. from New York University, and my B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 


Author of seven books:

Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016), with Norrin M. Ripsman and Jeffrey W. Taliaferro. Chinese version (Shanghai People's Publishing House, 2017).

The Political Economy of Regional Peacemaking (University of Michigan Press, 2016) with Norrin M. Ripsman, eds.

Beyond Great Powers and Hegemons: Why Secondary States Support, Follow, or Challenge (Stanford University Press, 2012), with Kristen P. Williams and Neal G. Jesse, eds.

The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Powers and the Broken Balance between the World Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012), with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Norrin M. Ripsman, eds. Introduction (pdf)

Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2009) with Norrin M. Ripsman and Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, eds.  Introduction (pdf)

Ethnic Conflict and International Politics: Explaining Diffusion and Escalation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) with Philip Mauceri, eds.

The Challenge of Hegemony: Grand Strategy, Trade, and Domestic Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2003). Chapter One (pdf)


Published journal articles in:

·       Security Studies

·       International Studies Quarterly

·       International Interactions

·       Review of International Studies

·       Political Science Quarterly

·       Journal of Strategic Studies

·       International Relations of the Asia Pacific, International Politics

·       Comparative Strategy

·       Chinese Journal of International Politics

·       International Journal

·       World Affairs





Recent Awards and Activity




·       Minerva Research Initiative, 2018-2021. “Power Projection, Deterrence Strategies, and Escalation Dynamics in an Era of Challenging Near Peers, Rogue States, and Terrorist and Insurgent Organizations.” $1,179,073. Lead-PI.

·       Israel Institute, 2017. “The Use of Force to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation.” $7,600.

·       Research recognized at Showcase of Extraordinary Faculty Achievements, University of Utah



o   College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Superior Research Senior Award.

o   Graduate Convocation speaker.

o   “Top of Mind with Julie Rose," Monthly Panel on the Middle East, Sirius XM  Radio143.



o   “Top of Mind with Julie Rose," Monthly Panel on the Middle East, Sirius XM  Radio143.

o   “Ukraine: Crisis and Changing World Order,” Center on Asia and Globalization, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.

o   Betty Glad Award, “The Use of Preventive Military Strikes for Nuclear Counter Proliferation,” Jerusalem, Israel.

o   “Regional Contestation to Rising Powers,” special issue (Guest Editor) International Politics, with Daniel Flemes.



o   “Top of Mind with Julie Rose," Monthly Panel on the Middle East, Sirius XM  Radio143.

o   The Nobel Institute Symposia, “Does the Rise and Fall of Great Powers lead to Conflict and War?” Oslo, Norway.

o, Israel News, “Grand Strategy in an Era of Emerging Powers.”

o   URC Faculty Research Award, “Israel’s Decision to Attack Iraq’s Osiraq Nuclear Reactor,” Jerusalem, Israel.

o   Multidisciplinary Conference: New Perspectives on the First World War,” Jerusalem, Israel.



·       Research Fellow, The Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway.

·       “Power and the Balance of Power in the post-Cold War Period.”

·       CSBS Superior Research Senior Award Finalist.

·       New York Times Letter to the Editor (4/22/13).

·       German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), “Rising Powers and Contested Orders,” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

·       Workshop on Rising Power Accommodation,” Montreal, Canada.



·       “Workshop on the Political Economy of Regional Transitions,” Montreal, Canada. Co-coordinated with  Norrin Ripsman.



·       URC Faculty Research Award, “Balance of Power, Components of Power, and British Grand Strategy,” London, England.

·       “Brainstorming Workshop: Planning for a US-Israeli Strategy in the Middle East,” Atlantic Council, Washington, DC.

·       International Studies Association (ISA) Catalytic Workshop co-sponsor, “Bridging the Transatlantic Divide: European and American Realism Reconsidered,” Montreal, Canada.



·       Fulbright Scholar, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

·       “Business Communities in Conflict Zones: A Force for Peace?”







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Steven E. Lobell

Department of Political Science

University of Utah
Building 73, Room 227

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112