Richard Ned Lebow

  • James. O. Freedman Presidential Professor Emeritus

  • Professor of International Political Theory, Dept. of War Studies, King's College London

  • Bye-Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

I am in my sixth decade of research and teaching and still fascinated by the intersection of culture, politics, and personality. Recent publications include books on National identities and international relations, Max Weber and international relations, rethinking causation and causal claims, the rise and fall of political orders, conflict resolution and management, and the role of political theory in thinking about international relations. I am currently finishing a coauthored book on China and the United States that builds on my earlier theoretical work on conflict management.



  • B.A. University of Chicago
  • M.A. Yale University
  • Ph.D. City University of New York

Selected Publications

  • Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations , with Mark Irving Lichbach, (2007).

  • Coercion, Cooperation, and Ethics , (2006).

  • The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe , with Wulf Kansteiner and Cladio Fogu, (2006).

  • Unmaking the West: “What-If” Scenarios that Remake World History , with Philip E. Tetlock and Geoffrey Parker, (2006).

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Works In Progress

  • The Rise and Decline of Political Orders

  • Rethinking Sino-American Relations

Honors and Affiliations

Olaf Palme Professorship, Lund University, 2011-12

ex-President of the International Society of Political Psychology

Onassis Foundation Fellow in Ancient Greek History and Culture (2006-2008)

Overseas Fellow at St. Johns College, University of Cambridge (2007-2008)

Research Scholar, Pembroke College (2009-2010)

Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge (2010)

Centennial Professor, London School of Economics (2008-2011)

Honor: Teaching Excellence Award, King's College London

Honor: Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Security Section of the International Studies Association

Honor: Alexander L. George Award for best book of the year from the International Society of Political Psychology for The Politics and Ethics of Identity

Honor: Honorary Doctorate, American University of Paris

Fellow, British Academy