- Additional Positions at AU
- Research Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
- Co-Director, Bridging the Gap Project
- PhD, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; MPA, International Relations, Princeton University; B.A., Williams College
- 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 of economic sanctions, the foreign policy views of U.S. elites, 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.
Area of Expertise
U.S. foreign policy, national security strategy, sanctions, Congress, the presidency, bipartisanship, independent commissions
Jordan Tama specializes in the politics and process of U.S. foreign policy and national security. He has published three books: A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress (co-authored with Lee Hamilton); Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations (co-edited with James Thurber); and Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises. He has also published articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and other leading outlets, and has been interviewed by the BBC, CBS This Morning, National Public Radio, and other major news organizations. Outside of academia, he has worked as a senior congressional foreign policy aide, a foreign policy speechwriter, and a national security adviser to a presidential campaign.