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James M. Scott
James M. Scott is the Herman Brown Chair and Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. His primary research and teaching interests are in international relations and foreign policy analysis and he has special interests in US foreign policy-making, the role of Congress, and US democracy promotion.

He has authored/co-authored seven books: Deciding to Intervene: The Reagan Doctrine and American Foreign Policy (Duke University Press, 1996), After the End: Making American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World (Duke University Press, 1998, editor and chapter contributor), The Politics of United States Foreign Policy (6th edition, Thomson, Wadsworth, 2014, with Jerel A. Rosati), Choosing to Lead: Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurs (Duke University Press, 2009, with Ralph G. Carter) US Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal? (co-editor with Steven Hook; chapter contributor), and IR (Wadsworth-Cengage, 2014, with Ralph G. Carter and A. Cooper Drury). His many articles have appeared in such journals as Conflict and Cooperation, Congress and the Presidency, Democratization, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Society, International Studies Perspectives, International Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Politics and Policy, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Social Science Journal, and others. In addition, he has authored over 70 book chapters, other non-refereed publications, review essays, and conference papers. To date he has been awarded nearly $1,000,000 in external funding from various agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the Dirksen Congressional Center, and another $18,500 in internal awards from the universities at which he has served.

During his career, he has been an award-winning scholar-teacher, earning over two dozen awards from students, faculty, administration, and professional associations from 1996-2007, including his university’s highest awards for research (2000, 2001), teaching (2002) and research mentoring (2002). In 2012, he received the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association-Midwest for his exemplary research and service to the association.

Dr. Scott has been active in professional associations, serving on the governing boards, as conference program chair, and as president of both the International Studies Association - Midwest (2000) and the Foreign Policy Analysis Section (2001) of the International Studies Association. He began a five-year term as co-editor of the International Studies Association journal Foreign Policy Analysis in Fall 2009. Since 2004, he has directed the annual NSF-funded Democracy and World Politics Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.

Dr. Scott was born in Illinois and has his BA from Wheaton College (1986) and his MA (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) from Northern Illinois University.

Curriculum Vitae

Spring 2017 Courses
33503 Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy
40001 Research Tutorial

Democracy, Interdependence and World Politics Summer Research Program