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Jordan Tama

Assistant 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 in foreign policy, foreign policy bipartisanship, sanctions policy making, national security strategy, and the value of independent commissions. He is the author of Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises (Cambridge University Press), and of articles that have appeared or are forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, the Journal of Public Policy, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, Armed Forces and Society, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications. He is currently working on a book entitled Bipartisanship in a Polarized Age: When Democrats and Republicans Cooperate on U.S. Foreign Policy. He is also co-editing the sixth edition of Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations (Under contract with Rowman and Littlefield). Dr. Tama has been awarded a fellowship or research grant by the 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, as a foreign policy speechwriter, and as a 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

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