- Additional Positions at AU
- Research Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
- Co-Director, Bridging the Gap Project
- PhD, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; MPA, International Relations, Princeton University; B.A., Williams College
Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the politics, institutions, and tools of U.S. foreign and national security policy making. His research has investigated polarization and bipartisanship in US foreign policy, presidential-congressional relations, the use of economic sanctions, public and elite attitudes on foreign policy, national security strategic planning, independent commissions, and efforts to connect research and policy making on international issues.
Dr. Tama's publications include four books: Bipartisanship and US Foreign Policy: Cooperation in a Polarized Age (Oxford University Press, 2024); Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations, Sixth Edition, co-edited with James A. Thurber (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018); Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2011); and A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress, co-authored with Lee H. Hamilton (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2002). He has also authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, policy reports, and articles in major newspapers and policy magazines.
Dr. Tama is Co-Director of Bridging the Gap, President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His work has been supported by the American Political Science Association, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, IBM Center for the Business of Government, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Raymond Frankel Foundation, Social Science Research Center, and Woodrow Wilson Center. He has served as a fellow on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives, a foreign policy speechwriter to former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, and a national security advisor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation
SISU-330 Topics in Foreign Pol/Natl Sec: U.S. Grand Strategy
SIS-682 Foreign Pol: Institutions/Proc
SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation
SISG-770 Topics in US For Pol/Natl Sec: Making USFP: Inst/Procs/Pols
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. Prof. Tama is non-resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has 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.