Skip to main content

Jordan Tama

Associate Professor School of International Service

Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the politics, processes, and institutions of U.S. foreign and national security policy making. His research has investigated presidential-congressional relations, foreign policy bipartisanship, national security strategic planning, the politics associated with economic sanctions, and the value of independent commissions. Dr. Tama's publications include three books: Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations, Sixth Edition (co-edited with James A. Thurber); Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises; and A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress (co-authored with Lee H. Hamilton). He has also published numerous journal articles, book chapters, policy reports, and articles in major newspapers and magazines. He is currently working on a book entitled Bipartisanship in a Polarized Age: When Democrats and Republicans Cooperate on U.S. Foreign Policy. Dr. Tama has been awarded a fellowship or research grant by the Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson Center, American Political Science Association, IBM Center for the Business of Government, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has served as a senior aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, foreign policy speechwriter, and national security advisor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.


PhD, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; MPA, International Relations, Princeton University; B.A., Williams College

Download CV (PDF)

SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 309
Monday 12-2 PM, 3:30-4:30 PM, 8:15-9:15 PM
Contact Info
(202) 885-2332 (Office)

Send email to Jordan Tama

For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.
See Also
Jordan Tama's personal website


  • Spring 2018

  • Fall 2018

    • SIS-653 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy: U.S. Nat'l Security Strategy
    • Description
    • SISU-330 Topics in Natl Sec/Foreign Pol: U.S. Nat'l Security Strategy
    • Description

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Foreign policy, national security strategy, terrorism, intelligence, Congress, the presidency, advisory commissions

Additional Information:

Jordan Tama specializes in national security policy and the foreign policy-making process. He is the author of Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has also published articles in a variety of scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, Foreign Policy, The Wilson Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly,and The Hill. Tama has served as a speechwriter for former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton and as a member of the intelligence and counterterrorism expert advisory groups for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. His media appearances include NBC News, USA Today,, Politico,and New York Times.

Media Relations
To request an interview please call AU Media Relations at 202-885-5950 or submit an interview request form.