James M. Scott

Herman Brown Chair and Professor
Political Science
Scharbauer Hall 2012H

j.scott@tcu.edu | 817-257-7404

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Education

Ph.D., Political Science, Northern Illinois University (1993)
MA, Political Science, Northern Illinois University (1988)
BA, Political Science, Wheaton College (1986)

Courses Taught

POSC 20303 International Politics
POSC 33003 Topics in International Politics
POSC 33503 Contemporary US Foreign Policy
POSC 33513 US Foreign Policy Making
POSC 39043 Case Study Research
POSC 40001 Research Tutorial

Areas of Focus

Primary research and teaching interests in international relations and foreign policy analysis, with special interests in US foreign policy-making, the role of Congress, and US democracy promotion.

James M. Scott is the Herman Brown Chair and Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. He joined the TCU faculty in 2011, and his primary research and teaching interests are in international relations and foreign policy analysis. He has special interests in US foreign policy-making, the role of Congress, and US democracy promotion and democracy assistance.

He has authored/co-authored seven books: Deciding to Intervene: The Reagan Doctrine and American Foreign Policy (Duke University Press, 1996), After the End: Making American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World (Duke University Press, 1998, editor and chapter contributor), The Politics of United States Foreign Policy (Congressional Quarterly, about to enter its 7th edition, with Jerel A. Rosati), Choosing to Lead: Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurs (Duke University Press, 2009, with Ralph G. Carter) US Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal? (co-editor with Steven Hook; chapter contributor), and IR: International, Economic and Human Security in a Changing World (Congressional Quarterly Press, now in its third edition, with Ralph G. Carter and A. Cooper Drury). His many scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as Conflict and Cooperation, Congress and the Presidency, Democratization, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Society, International InteractionsInternational Studies Perspectives, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of International Relations and DevelopmentPolitical Science Quarterly, Politics and Policy, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Social Science JournalThird World QuarterlyWhite House Studies, and others. In addition, he has authored well over 100 book chapters, other non-refereed publications, review essays, and conference papers. To date he has been awarded nearly $1,000,000 in external funding from various agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the Dirksen Congressional Center, and another $18,500 in internal awards from the universities at which he has served.

During his career, he has been an award-winning scholar-teacher, earning over two dozen awards from students, faculty, administration, and professional associations from 1996-2007, including his university’s highest awards for research (2000, 2001), teaching (2002) and research mentoring (2002). He is a two-time winner (2000, 2005) of the Frank J. Klingberg Award for Outstanding Faculty Paper at the ISA Midwest Annual Meeting. Most recently, he received the 2012 Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award for his exemplary research and service and the 2018 Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award from the International Studies Association – Midwest, and the 2018 AddRan College of Liberal Arts Division of Social Sciences Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar from Texas Christian University.

Dr. Scott has been active in professional associations, serving on various committees, the governing boards, as conference program chair, and as president of both the International Studies Association – Midwest (2000) and the Foreign Policy Analysis Section (2001) of the International Studies Association. He served as associate editor of Foreign Policy Analysis from 2009-2015 and co-editor of Political Research Quarterly from 2015-2018. From 2004-2013, he directed the annual NSF-funded Democracy and World Politics Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. In 2017, he was elected to a three-year term as a councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research

Author of 7 books, including Choosing to Lead: Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurship, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009 (with Ralph G. Carter)

Deciding to Intervene: The Reagan Doctrine and American Foreign Policy-making, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996.

Author of more than 60 articles, chapters and review essays, including “Promoting Democracy in Latin America: Foreign Policy Change and US Democracy Assistance, 1975-2010.” Third World Quarterly. 37:2 (January 2016), 299-320 (with Ralph G. Carter).

“From Cold War to Arab Spring: Mapping the Effects of Paradigm Shifts on the Nature and Dynamics of U.S. Democracy Assistance to the Middle East and North Africa.” Democratization, 22:4 (June 2015), 738-763 (with Ralph G. Carter).

“Countering Adversaries and Cultivating Friends: Indirect Rivalry Factors and Foreign Aid Allocation.” Cooperation and Conflict 48:3 (September 2013), 401-423 (with Peter Rudloff and Tyra Blew).

“Sponsoring Democracy: The United States and Democracy Aid to the Developing World, 1988-2001.” International Studies Quarterly 55 (March 2011): 47-69 (with Carie Steele).

“Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Innovators: Mapping Entrepreneurs and their Strategies.” Social Science Journal, Vol. 47:2 (2010): 418-438 (with Ralph G. Carter).

“Treaty-Making and Partisan Politics: Arms Control and the U.S. Senate, 1960-2001.” Foreign Policy Analysis, Volume 2:2 (2006): 177-200 (with C. James Delaet).

Recipient of over two dozen awards from students, faculty, and professional associations since 1997.

Member, International Studies Association, American Political Science Association.

  • Co-Editor, Political Research Quarterly, 2015-present
  • Associate Editor, Foreign Policy Analysis, 2009-2015
  • Director, NSF Democracy, Interdependence and World Politics Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, 5/2004 – 5/2014
  • President, Foreign Policy Analysis Section, International Studies Association, 2001-2002
  • President, International Studies Association – Midwest, 200-2001
  • Vice President, Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association, March 2000-March 2001
  • President Elect, International Studies Association-Midwest, October 1999-October 2000.