Associate Professor of Political Science
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Fighting for Status: Hierarchy and Conflict in World Politics (Princeton University Press, 2017). The book was awarded the 2017 Lepgold Prize from the Mortara Center at Georgetown University and the 2019 “Best Book Award” from the International Studies Association.

Download Chapter 1 here. Reviewed in Political Science Quarterly here. Reviewed in Political Psychology here. Subject of an ISSF/H-DIPLO roundtable (featuring Jack Levy, Katy Powers, Joslyn Barnhart, Barry O’Neill and Robert Trager).

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  1. How Do Observers Assess Resolve? [in press at British Journal of Political Science]. Josh Kertzer, Jonathan Renshon & Keren Yarhi-Milo.

  2. Tying Hands, Sinking Costs and Leader Attributes (2018), Journal of Conflict Resolution 62/10: 2150-2179. Keren Yarhi-Milo, Josh Kertzer & Jonathan Renshon.

    • 2018 Bruce Russett Award for best paper published in Journal of Conflict Resolution

    • 2017 Best Paper Award, Foreign Policy Section (APSA)

  3. Leader Influence and Reputation Formation in World Politics (2018), American Journal of Political Science 62/2: 325-339. Jonathan Renshon, Allan Dafoe & Paul Huth.

  4. Emotions and the Micro-Foundations of Commitment Problems (2017) International Organization 71/S1: S189-S218. Jonathan Renshon, Julia Lee & Dustin Tingley.

  5. Status Deficits and War (2016) International Organization 70/3: 513-550.

  6. The Interaction of Testosterone and Cortisol is Associated with Attained Status in Male Executives (2016) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 110/6: 921-929. Gary Sherman, Jennifer Lerner, Robert A. Josephs, Jonathan Renshon & James Gross.

  7. Physiological Arousal and Political Beliefs (2015) Political Psychology 36/5: 569-585. Jonathan Renshon, Julia Lee & Dustin Tingley.

  8. Losing Face and Sinking Costs: Experimental Evidence on the Judgment of Political and Military Leaders (2015) International Organization 69/3: 659- 695.

  9. Perceiving Others’ Feelings: The Importance of Personality and Social Structure (2015), Social Psychological and Personality Science 6/5: 559-569. Gary Sherman, Jennifer Lerner, Jonathan Renshon, Christine Ma-Kellams & Samantha Joel.

  10. Modeling “Effectiveness” in International Relations (2015), Journal of Conflict Resolution 59/2: 207-238. Jonathan Renshon & Arthur Spirling.

  11. Reputation and Status as Motives for War (2014), Annual Review of Political Science 17: 371-393. Allan Dafoe, Jonathan Renshon & Paul Huth.

  12. Leadership is Associated with Lower Levels of Stress (2012), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109/44: 17903-17907. Gary Sherman, Julia Lee, Amy Cuddy, Jonathan Renshon, Chris Oveis, James Gross & Jennifer Lerner.

  13. When Public Statements Reveal Private Beliefs: Assessing Operational Codes at a Distance (2009), Political Psychology 30/4: 649-661.

    • Reprinted in:

      • Political Psychology virtual issue on `The Psychology of Political Leadership'

  14. Mirroring Risk: The Cuban Missile Estimation (2009), Intelligence & National Security 24/3: 315-338.

  15. Assessing Capabilities in International Politics: Biased Overestimation and the Case of the Imaginary `Missile Gap’ (2009), Journal of Strategic Studies 32/1: 115-147.

  16. Stability and Change in Belief Systems: The Operational Code of George W. Bush (2008), Journal of Conflict Resolution 52/8: 820-849.

    • Replication data and code

    • Reprinted in:

      • Rethinking Foreign Policy Analysis: States, Leaders and the Microfoundations of Behavioral International Relations, Stephen G. Walker, Akan Malici and Mark Schafer, eds. (New York: Routledge Press, 2010), 169-188.

  17. The Theory and Practice of Foreign Policy Decision-Making (2006), Political Psychology 29/4: 509-536. Jonathan Renshon & Stanley Renshon.


  1. Immigration and Foreign Policy Forthcoming in Patrick Haney, Sebastian Harnish, Juliet Kaarbo, Kai Opperman & Atsushi Tago (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Foreign Policy Analysis. Anna Oltman & Jonathan Renshon.

  2. The Role of Emotions in Foreign Policy Decision-Making (2012) in Daniel J. Christie and Cristina Montiel (eds.) Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Press), 313-317. Jonathan Renshon & Jennifer Lerner.

  3. Psychological Dimensions of Foreign Policy (2012) in Daniel J. Christie and Cristina Montiel (eds.) Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Press), 308-312.

  4. The Psychological Origins of Preventive War (2007) in Stanley A. Renshon and Peter Suedfeld (eds.) Understanding the Bush Doctrine: Psychology and Strategy in an Age of Terrorism (New York: Routledge Press), 201-230.


  1. Why Don’t New Gingrich and Rick Santorum Just Quit? (It’s Hard to Say Goodbye) (2012),Washington Post (April 8, 2012): B3. Jonathan Renshon, Jennifer Lerner & Phil Tetlock.

  2. The FP Debate: Should Hawks Win? Kahneman and Renshon Weigh In (2007), (January 9, 2007). Daniel Kahneman & Jonathan Renshon.

  3. Why Hawks Win (2007), Foreign Policy no. 158 (January/February): 34-38. Daniel Kahneman & Jonathan Renshon.

    • Reprinted in:

      • Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on the Causes of War and Peace, 3rd and 4th eds., Richard K. Betts, ed. (UK: Longman/Pearson Press, 2007/12).

      • The Best American Political Writing 2007, Royce Flippin, ed. (New York: PublicAffairs Press, 2007), 258-266.

      • as “Hawkish Biases” (2009) in Trevor Thrall and Jane Cramer (eds.) American Foreign Policy and The Politics of Fear: Threat Inflation Since 9/11 (New York: Routledge Press), 79-96. This is a longer and slightly modified version of the original article.