I hold the John G. Tower distinguished chair in international politics and national security as an associate professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  My research and teaching interests revolve around the politics and ethics of military intervention and multilateral cooperation in international security affairs.


I am the author of Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: US Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention, published in 2015 with the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series. The book argues that America's uniformed leaders, who are predominantly “reluctant warriors” and value international legitimacy as a catalyst for burden sharing, play an underappreciated role in steering US policy on military intervention towards engagement with multilateral bodies. In addition, I have published two books on classical international relations theory: Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Thinkers from Vitoria to Mill (co-edited with Jennifer Welsh; Cambridge UP 2013), and A Cosmopolitanism of Nations: Giuseppe Mazzini’s Writings on Democracy, Nation Building, and International Relations (co-edited with Nadia Urbinati; Princeton UP 2009). My research has also appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, Security Studies, the Journal of Global Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and the the Review of International Studies


I received a PhD in political science from Columbia University (with distinction) and hold a Master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. I have been awarded numerous fellowships and grants in support of my research, including from the Brookings Institution, Fulbright Commission, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Rotary Foundation, European Commission, and Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. Before moving to SMU, I was a tenured faculty member at the University of Cambridge in the UK.


My name is pronounced as /stɛ́fəno /rɛ́kiə/