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.

Download Chapter 1 here. Reviewed in Political Science Quarterly here.

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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 (in press at Journal of Conflict Resolution). Keren Yarhi-Milo, Josh Kertzer & Jonathan Renshon.

    • recipient of 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.