Jacob Shively

  • Position:  Assistant Professor
  • Department:  Government
  • Office Location:  Building 50, Room 126
  • Campus: 8504743008


Dr. Jacob Shively, assistant professor, teaches international relations.

Shively’s recent book project, “Analyzing Obama's Grand Strategy,” provides an overview of President Barack Obama’s national security strategy and how it evolved during his presidency. Previously, in his doctoral dissertation, he analyzed former Presidents George W. Bush’s and Jimmy Carter’s grand strategies. Shively also recently contributed three chapters, Balance of Power, Clash of Civilizations and Origins of States Systems, for the SAGE Encyclopedia of War.

He has presented at international and national conferences on topics ranging from U.S. foreign policy, security strategies, cybersecurity and military drones. He recently presented “Drones as Tools of the State System,” which evaluates the legal and strategic incentives of this new technology, at a symposium for Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. He also presented “Grand Strategy Constraints and Feedback During the G.W. Bush and Obama Administrations” at the American Political Science Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

Shively’s other teaching and research interests include religion and international politics, causes of war and international law. He has also contributed commentary and analysis for various media outlets on these topics.

In 2012, he received a teaching fellowship at Indiana University. As an undergraduate, he was a winner of the McNair Scholars Program, a federal program designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and scholarly activities.

Degrees & Institutions:

Shively received a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in history and Spanish from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and a doctorate degree in political science from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Keywords: grand strategy, national security, cybersecurity, emerging technology, drones, international relations, security studies, US foreign policy