Sebastian Schmidt is interested in the sociological foundations of security strategies and in particular the conditions under which novel strategies emerge. His research is closely tied to understanding how norms change in international politics and the role of tacit knowledge. He also has a long-standing interest in the historical development of sovereignty. His work, which has appeared in the American Political Science Review and International Studies Quarterly, has investigated the origin of foreign basing practices and has sought to shed light on how concepts used by international relations scholars influence assessments of historical change. His current and future work is focused on the elaboration of a pragmatist theoretical perspective on international politics with attendant empirical applications as well as on exploring the development of security strategies through history.
PhD, University of Chicago
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Spring 2020 - On Leave
“Nutrient Cycling within an Arid Ecosystem.” With W.H. Schlesinger and S.L. Tartowski in Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem: The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research Site, K.M. Havstad, L.E. Huenneke, and W.H. Schlesinger, eds., Oxford University Press, 2006.
“Foreign Military Presence and the Changing Practice of Sovereignty: A Pragmatist Explanation of Norm Change.” American Political Science Review, forthcoming November 2014. “To Order the Minds of Scholars: The Discourse of the Peace of Westphalia in International Relations Literature.” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 3 (September 2011), pp. 601-623. • Cited in “A world of messy borders? Get used to it.” The Boston Globe (Sept 2, 2012) and in “The Westphalian Mirage.” Wilson Quarterly (Winter 2012).