Paul C. Avey

Paul Avey, Assistant Professor

Paul Avey, Assistant Professor
Paul Avey, Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6078 |  pcavey@vt.edu

Paul Avey is an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech.

His research and teaching interests include nuclear politics, U.S. foreign policy, strategy, and international relations theory. He is the author of Tempting Fate: Why Nonnuclear States Confront Nuclear Opponents (Cornell University Press, 2019), and author or coauthor of articles in International Security, Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Texas National Security Review, Journal of Global Security Studies, and Foreign Policy.

Avey was a 2018-2019 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow based at the U.S. Department of Defense, serving as Advisor for Strategy in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development. Before coming to Virginia Tech, Avey was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Managing the Atom project and International Security Program at Harvard’s Belfer Center for International Studies, a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MIT, and a postdoctoral fellow with the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Iowa.

 

 

  • International relations
  • Nuclear strategy and politics
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • Policy engagement
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Notre Dame 2013
  • MA, Political Science, University of Notre Dame 2010
  • MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2006
  • BA, Political Science and History, University of Iowa, 2005
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Books

Tempting Fate: Why Nonnuclear States Confront Nuclear Opponents (Cornell University Press, 2019) 

Journal Articles

(With Jonathan N. Markowitz and Robert J. Reardon) “Disentangling Grand Strategy: International Relations Theory and U.S. Grand Strategy” Vol. 2, No. 1 (November 2018).

“The Historical Rarity of Foreign-Deployed Nuclear Weapon Crises,” Security Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1 (January – March 2018)

(With Jonathan N. Markowitz and Robert J. Reardon) “Do U.S. Troop Withdrawals Cause Instability? Evidence from Two Exogenous Shocks on the Korean Peninsula,” Journal of Global Security Studies, Vol 3, No. 1 (January 2018).

“Who’s Afraid of the Bomb? The Role of Nuclear Non-Use Norms in Confrontations between Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Opponents,” Security Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4 (October – December 2015)

(With Michael C. Desch) “What Do Policymakers Want from Us? Results from a Survey of Current and Former National Security Decision-makers,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 2 (June 2014).

“Confronting Soviet Power: U.S. Policy during the Early Cold War,” International Security, Vol. 36, No. 4 (Spring 2012)

Book Chapters

(With Jonathan N. Markowitz and Robert J. Reardon) “Disentangling Grand Strategy: International Relations Theory and U.S. Grand Strategy” Vol. 2, No. 1 (November 2018).

“The Historical Rarity of Foreign-Deployed Nuclear Weapon Crises,” Security Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1 (January – March 2018)

(With Jonathan N. Markowitz and Robert J. Reardon) “Do U.S. Troop Withdrawals Cause Instability? Evidence from Two Exogenous Shocks on the Korean Peninsula,” Journal of Global Security Studies, Vol 3, No. 1 (January 2018).

“Who’s Afraid of the Bomb? The Role of Nuclear Non-Use Norms in Confrontations between Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Opponents,” Security Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4 (October – December 2015)

(With Michael C. Desch) “What Do Policymakers Want from Us? Results from a Survey of Current and Former National Security Decision-makers,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 2 (June 2014).

“Confronting Soviet Power: U.S. Policy during the Early Cold War,” International Security, Vol. 36, No. 4 (Spring 2012)

  • Council on Foreign Relations, International Affairs Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • Course Development Grant, Stanton Foundation, 2016
  • Mentoring Project for New Faculty Members, Virginia Tech, 2016
  • (With Michael C. Desch and Peter Campbell) Renewal Grant for “Beyond the Cult of the Irrelevant,” Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2015-2017
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2014 – 2015
  • Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013-2014
  • Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, Managing the Atom/International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012-2013

Undergraduate:

  • Introduction to World Politics (2054)
  • National Security (3734)
  • National Security Policies (3736)
  • Nuclear Strategy and Politics (3194)
  • Security Studies: Theory and Concepts (3104)
  • Strategies of Modern Warfare (3135)

Graduate:

  • National Security (6254)

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