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Steven W. Hook


Steven W. Hook is professor and past chair of the Political Science Department at Kent State University. He is the author of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power (4th ed., 2014) and National Interest and Foreign Aid (1995). He is a co-author, with John Spanier, of American Foreign Policy since World War II (19th ed., 2013); and editor of Democratic Peace in Theory and Practice (2010), Comparative Foreign Policy: Adaptation Strategies of the Great and Emerging Powers (2002) and Foreign Aid Toward the Millennium (1996). His articles have appeared in such journals as World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Asian Survey, European Security, International Interactions, and Foreign Policy Analysis. Prof. Hook is a past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis sections of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. He is the recipient of the university's 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


(2014) U.S. Foreign Policy:The Paradox of World Power, 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.Previous editions: 3rd ed. (2011). 2nd ed. (2008), 1st ed. (2005).

(2013) American Foreign Policy since World War II,19th edition. Washington, DC: CQ Press. Co-authored with John Spanier (primaryauthor since 2000). Previous editions 18th ed. (2011), 17th ed. (2007), 16th ed. (2004), 15th ed, (2000), 14th ed. (1998), and 13th ed. (1995). 

(2012) Handbook of American Foreign Policy. Edited volume, co-edited with Christopher M. Jones. New York: Routledge Press. 

(2011) U.S. Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal? Edited volume, co-edited with James M. Scott. Washington, DC: CQ Press.  

(2010) Democratic Peace in Theory and Practice. Edited volume. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.

(2002) Comparative Foreign Policy: Adaptation Strategies of the Great and Emerging
. Edited volume, original studies. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

(1996) Foreign Aid Toward the Millennium. Edited volume. Boulder, CO, and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers.  

(1995) National Interest and Foreign Aid. Boulder, CO, and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Korean-language edition published in 1997.


(2013)  "Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy," pp. 354-385 in Ralph G. Carter, ed., Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade. Washington, DC: CQ Press. With Franklin B. Lebo.

(2010) "Studying International Development: A Kuhnian Perspective," in Ralph Carter, ed., International Studies Compendium Project. Co-authored with Franklin Lebo.

(2009) "Beyond the Bush Doctrine," pp. 161-177 in Michael Grossman and Eric Matthews, Jr., eds., Perspectves on the Legacy of George W. Bush. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  

(2008) "Ideas and Change in U.S. Foreign Aid: Inventing the Millennium Challenge
Foreign Policy Analysis 4 (April): 147-167.  

(2007) "Foreign Aid in Comparative Perspective: Regime Dynamics and Donor Interests," pp. 86-105 in Louis A. Picard, Robert Groelsema, and Terry F. Buss, eds., Foreign Aid and Foreign Policy: Lessons for the Next Half Century. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

(2007) "Domestic Challenges to American Hegemony," pp. 169-200 in Lawrence Sondhaus and A. James Fuller, eds., America, War and Power: Defining the State, 1775-2005. New York: Routledge Press.

Research Areas
  • International Relations
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Aid Policy
Steven W. Hook
Department of Political Science

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