Associate Professor of International AffairsJosiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching ProfessorSenior Fellow, Center for International Trade and Security

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Dr. Jeffrey D. Berejikian is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia, and Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs. Dr. Berejikian earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and held a previous appointment with the University of Tennessee.


  • Ph.D., University of Oregon 1995, Political Science
  • M.S., University of Oregon 1991 , Political Science
  • B.S., California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo 1988 , Political Science
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Dr. Jeffrey D. Berejikian is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor a the University of Georgia, and Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs. Dr. Berejikian earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and held a previous appointment with the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Berejikain’s research integrates findings from cognitive psychology and neuroscience with contemporary foreign policy and appears in the top journals in the discipline, including the American Political Science Review, Political Psychology, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Dr. Berejikian has applied this approach to a broad set of topics including interstate conflict, military deterrence, environmental politics, human rights, nuclear proliferation, social revolution, democratic theory, and trade policy. His book, “International Relations Under Risk” is published by SUNY Press. It explores the conditions under which governments take inordinate risks in the conduct of their foreign  policy, and has been translated into Korean.  Dr. Berejikian has been invited  to discuss his research on National Public Radio and has been asked to offer recommendations to the U.S. government in the formation of deterrence policy.

Dr. Berejikian teaches a wide variety of courses, including semester long computer-based foreign policy simulation ( Students run their own countries and compete with one another in a networked envrionment. Dr. Berejikian’s teaching has received multiple awards recognizing the quality of his graduate and undergraduate teaching. He is a member of the University of Georgia Teaching Academy.

Areas of Expertise
  • Foreign Policy
  • American Nuclear and Conventional Deterrence Policy
  • Psychology and Foreign Policy Decision Making
  • International Relations Theory
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • University System of Georgia Chancellors Learning Scholar
  • University of Georgia First Year Oddssey Outstanding Teaching Award
  • University of Georgia Creative Teaching Award
  • Innovative Instruction Faculty Grant
  • Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Georgia
  • University of Georgia Teaching Academy
  • University of Georgia Senior Teaching Fellow
  • University of Georgia Student Government Association Outstanding Teaching
  • Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Georgia
  • School of Public and International Affairs Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Graduate Teaching, University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee Professional Development Award
  • Jefferson Prize for Outstanding Scholarship. University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee Scholarly Activities Research Incentive Award
  • University of Oregon Doctoral Research Fellowship
Course Instruction


Foreign Policy Decision Making

Global Simulation

International Political Economy

Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to Political Psychology

Special Topics International Relations

Ancient and Medieval Political Theory

Environmental Politics

Introduction to Global Politics

Freshman Odyssey Seminar

Simulating International Politics



Military Deterrence Policy

International Political Economy

International Environmental Politics

International Relations Ph.D. pre-seminar

International Relations MIP core seminar

International Cooperation

Foreign Policy Decision Making

Research Interests

My research utilizes insights from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to explain foreign policy. Currently, I am using this approach to understand military deterrence in the conventional, nuclear, and cyber domains. The research is funded by the Department of Defense, with the goal of improving deterrence policies and thereby reduce the prospect of military conflict.

Selected Publications


  • International Relations under Risk: Framing State Choice. 2004. SUNY Press. (Reprinted in Korean, 2010)


  • “Is there a Public-Military Gap in the U.S.?: Evaluating foundational foreign policy beliefs (w/Zach Zwald) (forthcoming) Armed Forces and Society.
  • “Why Language Matters: Shaping Public Risk Tolerance During Deterrence Crises” (w/Zachary Zwald). 2020. Contemporary Security Policy. 41(4): 507-540 – Awarded 2021 Bernard Brodie Prize.
  • “Analyzing Mass Attitudes Toward the International Court of Justice” (w/ Florian Justwan, Sarah K Fisher) Foreign Policy Analysis, forthcoming: Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2021
  • “Referenda as commitment devices–an experimental approach.” 2020. (w/Florian Justwan, Sarah Fisher, Ashley Kerr). Research & Politics7(3)
  • “The Credibility of Cyber Deterrence Commitments: The Role and Nature of Public Support for Retaliation” (w/Samuel Wallace Marcotte). 2020. The Cyber Deterrence Problem, Aaron F. Brantly (ed). Rowman and Littlefield.
  • “Playing Video Games in the Classroom: Simulating an Experiential Learning Cycle to Teach International Affairs” (2020). Engaged Student Learning. Denise Domnzi (e.d). University System of Georgia.
  • “Testing A Cognitive Theory of Deterrence” (w/Florian Justwan). In Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons, A. Harrington and J.  Knopf . University of Georgia Press. 2019
  • “Measuring Social Trust and Trusting the Measure” (w/Florian Justwan & Ryan Bakker). 2018. The Social Science Journal.  55(2):149-159.
  • “David vs. Goliath: Risk and Weaker-state Confrontation” Foreign Policy Analysis. 2018. 14(3):326-345.
  • “Prospect Theory in International Relations.”  Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. New York: Oxford University Press, (Feb. 2016). DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199743292-0163
  • “Loss Aversion and Foreign Policy Resolve” (w/Bryan Early). 2013. Political Psychology. 34(5):649-671.
  • “Disaggregating Noncompliance: Abstention versus Predation in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime” (w/Matt Fuhrmann). 2012. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 56(3):355-381.
  • “Deploying Sanctions while Protecting Human Rights”  (w/ Ella Shagabutdinova). 2007. Journal of Human Rights. 6(1):59-74.
  • “Model Building with Prospect Theory: A Cognitive Approach to International Relations Theory.” 2002. Political Psychology. 23(4):759-786
  • “Behavioral Decision Theory and the Gains Debate in International Politics” (with Matthew Mulford). 2002. Political Studies. 50(2):209-229.
  • “A Cognitive Theory of Deterrence” Journal of Peace Research. 2002. 39(2):165-183.
  • “Reflexive Action in International Politics” (w/ John Dryzek). 2000. British Journal of Political Science. 30(2):193-216.(Reprinted in Peace, Prosperity and Policy on the Korean Peninsula: The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula. In-Duk Kang, Ed. Institute for East Asian Studies (Seoul, Korea). 2005.)
  • “The Gains Debate: Framing State Choice” American Political Science Review. 1997. 91(4): 789-805.
  • “Reconstructive Democratic Theory” (w/ John Dryzek). 1993. American Political Science Review. 87(1):48-60.
  • “Revolutionary Collective Action and the Agent-Structure Problem.” 1992. American Political Science Review. 86(3):647-657. (Reprinted in: Revolutions: Critical Concepts in Political Science, ed. Rosemary O’Kane. Routledge: London. 2000.)