Stephen R. Rock

Professor of Political Science
Stephen R. Rock wearing a light blue shirt and houndstooth jacket with a bookcase in the background.

Stephen R. Rock joined the Vassar faculty in 1987, following a year as a research fellow of the Avoiding Nuclear War Project at Harvard University’s Center for Science and International Affairs. Mr. Rock’s research interests include the origins of great power reconciliation and the efficacy of inter-state influence strategies, including deterrence and appeasement. He is also interested in the interplay between religion and politics in the United States and especially the influence of religion on US foreign policy. Mr. Rock teaches courses on international politics, US foreign policy, defense policy and arms control, the causes of war and peace, and just war theory.

BA, Miami University-Oxford; MA, PhD, Cornell University
At Vassar since 1987


Rockefeller Hall
Box 282

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