James Kurth

Senior Fellow - Center for the Study of America and the West

Research Areas:

Foreign policy, International security, Foreign affairs

James Kurth is a Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West and a member of the Orbis Board of Editors.  He is Professor of Political Science Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar at Swarthmore College.  He is the author of over 120 professional articles and editor of three professional volumes, in the fields of U.S. foreign and defense policy, international politics, and the comparative politics of America and Europe.  His recent publications have focused upon the interrelations between the global economy, cultural conflicts, and U.S. foreign and defense politics.

Professor Kurth received his A.B. in history from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, where he also taught as an assistant and associate professor of government.  He has been a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), visiting professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, and visiting professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College, where he received the Department of the Navy medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia), where he has served as the Chair of its Study Group of America and the West and as Editor of its journal, Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York), and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).