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Michael C. DeschMichael C. Desch

Professor of Political Science
Director, Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC)
(PhD, University of Chicago)
430 Decio Hall
(574) 631-2792

Geographic Focus: International

Thematic interests: International relations, American foreign policy, international security

Current research: Two projects, one on the growing estrangement between academic social science and national security policymaking, and one that takes stock of what we know—and need to know—about the role of religion in international relations.

Recent publications:

Public Intellectuals in the Global Arenaed. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2016)

“Technique Trumps Relevance: The Professionalization of Political Science and the Marginalization of Security Studies,” Perspectives on Politics 13, 2 (2015)

 “What Do Policymakers Want From Us? Results of a Survey of Current and Former Senior National Security Decision Makers,” with Paul C. Avey, International Studies Quarterly 58, 2 (2014)

Privileged and Confidential: The Secret History of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (University Press of Kentucky, 2012) [with Kenneth Michael Absher, Roman Popadiuk, and the 2006 Bush School Capstone Team].

Power and Military Effectiveness: The Fallacy of Democratic Triumphalism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).




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Latin American/North America Church Concerns

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