Carrie A. Lee, PhD

Carrie A. Lee, PhD

Welcome! I am the Chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2015, and a S.B. from MIT in 2010. I study how democratic political institutions affect inter-state conflict and foreign policy decision-making.  My work evaluates how elections alter the incentives of democratic leaders during conflict, resulting in changes to battlefield strategies in the month leading up to an election as politicians attempt to retain public support.  I have also done work on counterinsurgency strategy, humanitarian crises and intervention, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation.

My writing has appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, War on the RocksArmed Forces and Society, International Politics, Orbis, and The Washington Post. It has has been supported by the U.S. Air Force, the Stanton Foundation, LBJ Foundation, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and Stanford University, and has been included on syllabi at Yale, MIT, Duke, Stanford, and other major universities. My PhD dissertation (upon which my book manuscript is based) was awarded first runner-up for the 2015 Kenneth Waltz Prize from the American Political Science Association, an award that recognizes the best dissertation written in security studies in a calendar year.

I am a contributing editor for War on the Rocks, a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a member of Foreign Policy for America’s NextGen Initiative. I have previously held academic positions at the US Air War College, Notre Dame International Security Center, and the RAND Corporation.

You may view and download my CV here.

Last updated: 2/22/2022