I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Pembroke College (where I currently serve as the Director of Studies for the History and Politics Tripos). I received my PhD from Georgetown University’s Department of Government in 2012. I also hold an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

I conduct research, write, and teach in the area of international relations, especially international security. My first book – Status and the Challenge of Rising Powers (Cambridge University Press, 2017) – explains how status anxiety can push rising states to launch costly, risky challenges to the international status quo, and tests this account against the records of Wilhelmine Germany, Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, and the United States around the turn of the 20th century. My work has been published in International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, the Review of International Studies, International Theory, International Interactions, and the Journal of Global Security Studies, and has been featured in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.

My current research includes projects investigating the domestic political consequences of lost status, and exploring the role of “tripwire” deployments as implements of extended deterrence. You can find my CV, links to published work, and a summary of my teaching portfolio on this website. You can find me on twitter @Steven_m_ward.

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