Welcome to the Jeffrey W. Taliaferro website.

Jeffrey (Jeff) W. Taliaferro is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, where he has taught since 1997. His research and teaching focus on security studies, international relations theory, international history and politics, United States foreign policy, intelligence and U.S. national security. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

Professor Taliaferro is the author of Balancing Risks: Great Power Intervention in the Periphery (Cornell University Press, 2004), which won the American Political Science Association’s Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Award for the Best Book in International History and Politics. He is co-editor, along with Steven E. Lobell and Norrin P. Ripsman, of Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and of The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Powers and the Broken Balance between the World Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His articles have appeared in the journals International Security, Security Studies, and Political Psychology. He has also contributed chapters to several edited volumes. Oxford University Press will publish his latest book (co-authored with Norrin M. Ripsman and Steven E. Lobell) Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics, in March 2016.

Taliaferro is currently writing a book that examines the bargaining between the United States and its weaker and occasionally obstreperous allies in volatile regions—in South Asia, the Middle East, and East Asia—from the early years of the Cold War until the War on Terrorism.