Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Jeff Hannon is a third-year PhD student focusing on foreign policy and national security decision making and cognitive approaches to understanding international relations.  He retired from the U.S. Army in 2020 as a colonel with 34 years of service.  Jeff is married to Katherine Hannon, a psychotherapist, and they have a daughter and four sons.

  • Bachelors in History, Bachelors in Political Science – Mercer University
  • Masters in Theater Operations – U.S. Army School for Advanced Military Studies
  • Masters in Strategic Studies – College of International Security Affairs
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Jeff Hannon retired from the U.S. Army in 2020 as a colonel with more than 34 years of enlisted and commissioned service.  While in the Army, Jeff served in a wide array of assignments, ranging from assistant professor at the National War College to a strategic advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to the second-in-command of a 450-soldier reconnaissance squadron.  Other notable positions include a tour as the Chief for the U.S. Army’s Strategy Division, serving as the senior plans advisor for the Iraqi Baghdad Operational Command, and writing speeches and formulating strategies for the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.  Jeff’s overseas tours include Korea, Panama, Germany, Bosnia, Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Jeff earned B.A.s in History and Political Science from Mercer University, an M.A. in Operational Planning from the U.S. Army’s School for Advanced Military Studies, and an M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from The National Defense University.  His education also includes fellowships with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI program and College of International Security Affairs.

He is now a student in the University of Georgia’s political science and international affairs doctoral program.  Jeff’s research interests encompass foreign policy and national security decision making, researching the effects of signaling and risk perception on interactions among states, and cognitive approaches to understanding international relations.

Outside of the classroom, Jeff enjoys running and working out, making cocktails and cooking, traveling, and refurbishing the home he shares with his wife, Katherine, who is a psychotherapist.  Jeff and Katherine have a daughter and four sons.

Research Interests

foreign policy decision making, national security decision making, strategy formulation and implementation, deterrence, inter- and intra-state conflict, terrorism, insurgency, political violence, forecasting, signaling theory, prospect theory, political psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, experimental methods, and wargaming


Selected Publications

Zwald, Z., Berejikian, J., Daly, S. J., Hannon, J. (2022). “Challenges to Creative Thinking: Identifying Officer Background Beliefs in Limited Information Environments.” Joint Force Quarterly, 1(104), 40–47.