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Christopher JonesChristopher M. Jones

U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. National Security Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations

Campus Life 110B
(815) 753-9399


Overview of Scholarly Activity

Dr. Jones (Ph.D., The Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University) is Professor of Political Science. He directs NIU’s University Honors Program as Associate Vice Provost for University Honors. He has served as the department’s director of undergraduate studies, assistant chair, and chair. His research and teaching specialties are U.S. foreign policy and national security policy, with an emphasis on the domestic determinants of such policies. He has a particular interest in the role of bureaucratic organizations and politics within the U.S. foreign policy process. His books, journal articles, and chapters have examined a range of subjects, including arms control, export control policy, leadership accountability, weapons procurement, intelligence, NATO enlargement, organizational change within the foreign policy bureaucracy, and the future of American foreign policy. Professor Jones has been recognized for teaching excellence by student organizations, the American Political Science Association, the National Political Science Honor Society, Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, and three universities. He is a recipient of NIU’s Outstanding International Educator Award, NIU’s Great Professor Award, and NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.  Dr. Jones is a two-term, past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association.

Recent Publications

Christopher M. Jones and Vincent A. Auger with Eugene R. Wittkopf. American Foreign Policy: Pattern & Process for a New Century, 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. Forthcoming.

Christopher M. Jones. 2012. “Roles, Politics, and the Survival of the V-22 Osprey.” In The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence, 6th ed. James M. McCormick. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 361-381.

Christopher M. Jones and Kevin P. Marsh. 2011. “The Politics of Weapons Procurement: Why Some Programs Survive and Others Die” 27 (4): 359-373 (Refereed).

Steven W. Hook and Christopher M. Jones. 2011. The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy. New York: Routledge.

Christopher M. Jones. 2011. “Bureaucratic Politics.” In The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy, eds. Steven W. Hook and Christopher M. Jones. New York: Routledge.

Christopher M. Jones and Kevin P. Marsh. 2011. “Conducting Diplomacy.” In U.S. Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal? Steven W. Hook and James M. Scott, eds. Washington, DC: CQ Press. 162-180 (Refereed).

Christopher M. Jones. 2010. “Bureaucratic Politics and Organizational Process Models.” In The International Studies Encyclopedia, ed. Robert A. Denemark. London: Blackwell Publishing, Volume 1, 151-168 (Commissioned and Refereed).