Andrew O. Bennett

Andrew Bennett
Andrew O. Bennett
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Professor Bennett teaches courses on the American foreign policy process, international relations theory, and qualitative research methods. Professor Bennett has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he has been a fellow at international relations research centers at Stanford and Harvard Universities. He has written on the U.S. foreign policy process, research methods, alliance burden-sharing, and regional conflicts and peacekeeping. Professor Bennett is the co-author, with Alexander L. George, of “Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences” (MIT Press 2005), which won the Giovanni Sartori Prize for the best book on qualitative methods in 2005, and he is President and co-founder of the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods. He is also the author of Condemned to Repetition? The Rise, Fall, and Reprise of Soviet-Russian Military Interventionism 1973-1996 (MIT Press, 1999). Professor Bennett has served as an advisor on foreign policy issues for several Democratic Presidential candidates since 1984. From 1994-1995, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Joseph S. Nye Jr. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, and he has appeared on National Public Radio, CNN, and Fox News.

  • PhD (1990) Harvard, Public Policy


Articles in journals

Andrew Bennett.Building Communities, Bridging Gaps: Alexander Georges Contributions to Research Methods.” Political Psychology (2008).

Andrew Bennett, Colin Elman.Qualitative Methods: The View from the Subfields.” Comparative Political Studies (2007).

Andrew Bennett, Colin Elman.Case Study Methods in the International Relations Subfield.” Comparative Political Studies (2007).

Andrew Bennett, G. John Ikenberry.The Review’s Evolving Relevance for U.S. Foreign Policy 1906-2006.” American Political Science Review 100.4 (2006).

Andrew Bennett, Colin Elman.Complex Causal Relations and Case Study Methods: The Example of Path Dependence.” Political Analysis 14.3 (2006): 250-267.

Andrew Bennett.Stirring the Frequentist Pot with a Dash of Bayes.” Political Analysis 14.3 (2006): 339-344.

Articles in books

Andrew Bennett.Process Tracing: A Bayesian Approach.” Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. Ed. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Henry Brady, Davd Collier. Oxford: Osford University Press, 2008.

Andrew Bennett, Colin Elman.Case Study Methods in the Study of International Relations.” Oxford Handbook of International Relations. Ed. Christian Reus-Smit, Duncan Snidal. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Andrew Bennett.The Mother of All Isms: Reorganizing Political Science Around Causal Mechanisms.” Revitalizing Causality. Ed. Ruth Groff. : Routledge, 2008.

Andrew Bennett, Colin Elman.Qualitative Research: Recent Developments in Case Study Methods.” Annual Review of Political Science. Ed. Nelson Polsby. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews, 2006: 455-476

Articles in conference proceedings

Andrew Bennett.The Political Psychology of Blame: How do Proponents of Intervention Explain Failure in Iraq?.” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2007. : American Political Science Association, 2007.

Andrew Bennett.Process Tracing: A Bayesian Approach.” APSA Annual Conference. : APSA, 2007.

Andrew Bennett.Learning from Cases: Can Methodological Rigor Overcome Cognitive Biases?.” Workshop on Practical Judgment. Florence: European University Institute, 2007.


Multimethod Work: Dispatches from the Front Lines, in the Newsletter of the Qualitative Methods Section of the American Political Science Association, Spring 2007..

“Advancing the Dialogue on Qualitative Methods,” Newsletter of the Qualitative Methods Section of the American Political Science Association, Spring 2006, Vol. 4, No. 1..