Danielle Lupton

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Danielle Lupton

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Department/Office Information

Political Science, International Relations
122 Persson Hall
  • WR 9:30am - 11:00am (122 Persson Hall)


Danielle Lupton's research investigates the impact of individual leaders on international security and foreign policy. Her book Reputation for Resolve: How Leaders Signal Determination in International Politics is in press with Cornell University Press. Her research is also published in Political Analysis, International Interactions, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Global Security Studies. Her policy relevant writings have been featured on ForeignPolicy.com,The Washington Post's Monkey Cage (I, II, III), and Political Violence @ A Glance.

Her media appearances include CNN, the New York Times, and War on the Rocks' Warcast

Learn more about her research and teaching at: www.daniellelupton.com

Follow her on Instagram: @ProfLupton

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Ph.D., Duke University, 2014

M.A., Duke University, 2011

B.A., Furman University, 2008 (summa cum laude)


Danielle L. Lupton. ​2020. Reputation for Resolve: How Leaders Establish Reputations in International Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, Cornell Studies in Security Affairs.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Jonathan N. Brown, Danielle L. Lupton, and Alex Farrington. 2019. "Embedded Deception: Interpersonal Trust, Cooperative Expectations, and the Sharing of Fabricated Intelligence." Journal of Global Security Studies 4(2): 209-226.

Danielle L. Lupton. 2019. "The External Validity of College Student Subject Pools in Experimental Research: A Cross-Sample Comparison of Treatment Effect Heterogeneity," Political Analysis 27(1): 90-97.

Danielle L. Lupton. 2018. "Reexamining Reputation for Resolve: Leaders, States, and the Onset of International Crises." Journal of Global Security Studies 3(2): 196-218.

Danielle L. Lupton. 2018. "Signaling Resolve: Leaders, Reputations, and the Importance of Early Interactions." International Interactions 44(1): 59-87.

Danielle L. Lupton. 2017. "Out of the Service, Into the House: Military Experience and Congressional War Oversight." Political Research Quarterly 70(2): 327-339.

Book Chapters:

Danielle L. Lupton and Valerie Morkevicius. 2019. "The Fog of War: Violence, Coercion, and Jus ad Vim," in Force Short of War in Modern Conflict: Jus Ad Vim, ed. Jai Galliot (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), 36-56.

Other Publications:

Danielle L. Lupton. 2020. "D-Day would be nearly impossible to pull off today. Here's why.The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, June 6.

Danielle L. Lupton, Valerie Morkevicius, and James Pattison. 2019. "Choosing an Ethical and Effective Response to Russian Aggression in Ukraine." Political Violence @ A Glance, March 4. 

Danielle L. Lupton. 2017. Review of Frank P. Harvey and John Mitton, Fighting for Credibility: U.S. Reputation and International Politics (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016). H-DIPLO/ISSF Roundtable Review. Vol. X, No. 3, December 1.

Danielle L. Lupton. 2017. “Having fewer veterans in Congress makes it less likely to restrain the president’s use of force.” The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, November 10.

Danielle L. Lupton, Roseanne McManus, and Keren Yarhi-Milo. 2017. “Trump is trying to send North Korea a message. He’s got a long way to go.” The Washington Post’s  
Monkey Cage, April 26.

Danielle L. Lupton. 2017. “Deterring North Korea: Understanding the Options and Challenges.” Political Violence @ A Glance, April 5.

Danielle L. Lupton and Peter Feaver. 2016. “Voices Carry: How Careless Campaign Bombast Can Undo Administrations.” Foreign Policy, May 16.

Danielle L. Lupton. 2016. “Lessons in Failure: Libya Five Years Later.” Political Violence @ A Glance, April 15.

  • 2018 Small Research Grant, American Political Science Association 
  • 2018 Picker Research Fellowship, Colgate University
  • 2017 Travel Grant, Louis Rakin Foundation
  • 2016 Best Paper Award, Foreign Policy Analysis Section, American Political Science Association
  • 2015 Research Grant, Eisenhower Foundation
  • 2015 Frederick M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award, International Leadership Association
  • 2013 Fellowship, Hartman Center and the David M. Rubenstein Special Collections Library
  • 2013 Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Fellowship, Duke University
  • 2013 Research Grant, Program for the Study of Democracy, Institutions, and Political Economy
  • 2013 Bradley Fellow, Bradley Foundation
  • 2012 Alona Evans International Law and International Relations Award, Duke University
  • 2012 Research Grant, Social Science Research Institute at Duke University
  • 2012 Summer Research Fellowship, Robert K. Steel Family Graduate Fellowship Endowment
  • 2012 Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Fellowship, Duke University
  • 2011 Summer Research Fellowship, Program for the Study of Democracy, Institutions, and Political Economy
  • 2010 Bradley Fellow, Bradley Foundation
  • 2008 Phi Beta Kappa, Furman University
  • POSC 456 War: Theories and Practices 
  • POSC 390 Silent Warfare: Intelligence Analysis and Statecraft
  • POSC 366 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
  • POSC 232 Fundamentals of International Relations
  • POSC 152 Global Peace and War
  • FSEM 198 Fundamentals of International Relations
  • International Relations
  • Security Studies
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Civil-Military Relations