International Security and U.S. Foreign Policy Fellows PDF Print E-mail

Dickey Fellows are selected to spend a minimum of nine months and up to one year in residence at Dartmouth, researching and writing about international issues related to one of the Dickey Center's research areas. For 2014-15 we are pleased to continue our collaboration with the Dean of Faculty office at Dartmouth in our third year with the Dartmouth Post Doctoral Program in International Security and US Foreign Policy. 

Applicants from all disciplines working on research that bears directly on US Foreign Policy and International security are welcome to apply. While scholars at any stage of their career are eligible, applications from recent recipients of the PhD or equivalent degree are especially encouraged to apply. Fellows must be in residence during their fellowship and are asked to participate in Dickey Center seminars and events and are invited to take advantage of other Dartmouth activities.

The Dickey Center Fellows program is made possible in part by the generous support of William M. Glovsky and the Glovsky Family Fund in memory of Ruth and Abraham Glovsky, created to encourage academic research in and teaching of alternative dispute resolution through interdisciplinary study of the differences among peoples and the motivations, consequences and possible resolutions of conflict between them.

Applications for 2014-15 can be downloaded here. Application deadline is January 17, 2014. For more information, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2013-14 Dickey Center for International Understanding

and Dean of the Faculty Fellows

Jeffrey A. Friedman

FriedmanJeffrey A. Friedman recently completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Harvard University. His research focuses on the analytic foundations of military doctrine and decision making, and has been published by International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Intelligence and National Security, and the U.S. Army War College.

His dissertation examined why military decision makers often struggle to realize their strategic mistakes, including analyses of U.S. policy in Iraq, Vietnam, and the American Indian Wars. Some of his other past projects include an analysis of why violence declined in Iraq in 2007, and various applications of decision theory to intelligence tradecraft.

Joshua Kertzer

Joshua KertzerJoshua Kertzer’s research, which has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the National Science Foundation's Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), focuses on the intersection of international security, foreign policy, political psychology, and quantitative and experimental methods, and has been published in a variety of journals, including International Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Politics. He is currently working on a number of projects, including a book investigating resolve in military interventions, a set of articles exploring the structure of the American public's foreign policy attitudes, and a manuscript challenging the conventional wisdom of why some civil wars last longer than others.

Kertzer has a Ph.D in Political Science from the Ohio State University, two M.A.s from the Ohio State University and the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen's University. Beginning in July 2014, he will be an Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard.

Victor McFarland

Victor McFarland is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri - Columbia. His research examines the international politics of oil and the history of U.S. relations with the Middle East.

At Dartmouth he is revising his dissertation on the oil crisis of the 1970s. This project is based on research in the American archives and in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere in the Middle East. It explores the connections between the oil crisis, domestic American energy policy, and the U.S. relationship with the Arab world. The oil crisis had significant implications for the American political economy, and it also helped redefine the American role in the Middle East, paving the way for deeper U.S. involvement in the region after the 1970s.

Before coming to Dartmouth, McFarland was a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Yale University. He received his BA in History with minors in Political Science and African and Middle Eastern Languages from Stanford University.

Lindsey O'Rourke

Lindsey O’Rourke  completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Chicago. She has also received an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago as well as two B.A.’s from the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on international security and U.S. foreign policy and has been published in Security Studies and The New York Times.

During her year at Dartmouth, O’Rourke is focused on developing her doctoral dissertation, Secrecy and Security: U.S.-Orchestrated Regime Change during the Cold War, into a book manuscript. This project challenges existing theories of regime change, which focus primarily on overt interventions. By contrast, O’Rourke argues that states generally prefer to conduct regime changes covertly – by assassinating a foreign leader, sponsoring a coup d’état, manipulating elections, or covertly aiding dissident groups.

Building upon extensive archival research, O’Rourke created an original dataset of all U.S.-backed regime changes during the Cold War. This dataset shows that the U.S. intervened covertly ten times more often than it intervened overtly – 63 covert missions verses 6 overt. Her project asks three questions: First, what motivates a state to attempt regime change? Second, why do states conduct these operations covertly versus overtly? Third, how successful is each strategy at achieving its foreign policy goals?

Maria Sperandei

sperandei_Maria Sperandei holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. Her current research focuses on the influence of financial crises on national and international security -- particularly why and how core financial, economic, diplomatic, and military values are updated during the process of financial crisis response, with remarkable implications for security decision-making nationally and internationally.

Her dissertation manuscript—The Influence of Financial Crises on National Security Policies—poses the question: “Why do governments hit by a financial crisis sometimes refuel their assertive or prudent national security policies but at other times retreat from them?” She finds that these policy shifts occur because crisis-hit governments find themselves in one of four scenarios based on ‘government affinity with high finance’ and ‘government exposure to high finance’. In each scenario the security dilemma is worsened or eased, and military spending, threat assessment, and war prospects change. Her previous work on coercive diplomacy and the linkage between alliances and war has appeared in the International Studies Review and Quaderni di Scienza Politica.

Laura Thaut

ThautLaura Thaut Vinson received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Her research addresses questions of religious change, civil conflict, and political mobilization. Additionally, her research on immigration and faith-based humanitarianism has been published in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals.

While at Dartmouth, Thaut is completing a book manuscript on religion, violence, and power-sharing. Based on nearly a year of fieldwork in northern Nigeria, her work examines the role of informal and local government power-sharing agreements in shaping whether religious identity finds fertile ground as the rationale for communal violence. This project addresses the conditions under which religious identity – as opposed to other salient ethnic cleavages – propels communal violence, and why some otherwise-similar pluralistic communities experience inter-religious violence while others do not.

Prior to Ph.D. work, Thaut held internships with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Embassy to Lithuania; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Belgrade, Serbia; and the Islamic Relief headquarters in the UK. Thaut studied labor emigration in Lithuania from 2005-2006 under a Fulbright student fellowship. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Whitworth University.


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