Sebastian Schmidt

Sebastian Schmidt

Associate Professor

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Research Interests: International Relations

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Sebastian Schmidt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science whose research interests include the historical origins and sociological foundations of security strategies, questions of international order, the modalities of American influence in the world, international monetary relations, and sovereignty. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, West European Politics, Journal of Global Security Studies, and International Studies Review. His current and future work is focused on the elaboration of pragmatist and allied theoretical perspectives on international politics, with a particular emphasis on monetary relations and postwar American security practices. His first book is Armed Guests: Territorial Sovereignty and Foreign Military Basing (Oxford University Press, 2020). 


Schmidt, Sebastian. Forthcoming. Imperial Relations? Hierarchy and Contemporary Base Politics. Security Studies

Jabko, Nicolas, and Sebastian Schmidt. 2022. Making Sense of Gold and Governance: The Conceptual Promise of Practices and Repertoires. West European Politics 45 (4): 863-883. DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2021.1900662

Jabko, Nicolas, and Sebastian Schmidt. 2021. The Long Twilight of Gold: How a Once Pivotal Practice Persisted in the Assemblage of Money. International Organization, 1-31. DOI:10.1017/S0020818321000461

Schmidt, Sebastian. 2021 Creativity and its Consequences. In “Pragmatism in IR: The Prospects for Substantive Theorizing,” a forum edited by Simon Frankel Pratt and Sebastian Schmidt. International Studies Review 23 (4): 1933–1958. DOI: 10.1093/isr/viab019.  Contributing authors include Sebastian Schmidt, Simon Frankel Pratt, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Henry Farrell, Jack Knight, Deborah Avant, Molly Cochran, and Gunther Hellmann.  

Schmidt, Sebastian. 2021. Boots on the Ground: Means, Ends, and the American Military Commitment to Europe. Journal of Global Security Studies 6 (4). DOI: 10.1093/jogss/ogab008

Jabko, Nicolas, and Sebastian Schmidt. 2021. Paradigms and Practice. International Studies Quarterly 65 (3): 565–572. DOI: 10.1093/isq/sqab028

Schmidt, Sebastian. 2014. Foreign Military Presence and the Changing Practice of Sovereignty: A Pragmatist Explanation of Norm Change. American Political Science Review 108 (4): 817-829. DOI: 10.1017/S0003055414000434

Schmidt, Sebastian. 2011. To Order the Minds of Scholars: The Discourse of the Peace of Westphalia in International Relations Literature. International Studies Quarterly 55 (3): 601-623. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2011.00667.x