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Jacques Hymans

Associate Professor of International Relations

Contact Information
E-mail: hymans@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-8837
Office: VKC 330

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Biographical Sketch

Jacques E.C. Hymans is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on international security affairs and on national identity. His most recent book, Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was honored with the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the APSA Don K. Price Award for best book on science, technology and environmental politics, and the NAPA Louis Brownlow Award for best book on public administration. Hymans’ first book, The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2006) was honored with the ISPP Alexander L. George Award for best book on political psychology, and the Ohio State Mershon Center's Edgar S. Furniss Award for best first book on national and international security. Hymans has also published journal articles in such outlets as Foreign Affairs, International Security, Security Studies, and the European Journal of International Relations. He is an editorial board member of several journals including International Studies Quarterly. He has received grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the SSRC and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and other research funding organizations. He has wide-ranging geographical interests and has conducted in-depth case study research in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. For more information on Professor Hymans, please consult his website: www-rcf.usc.edu/~hymans
 

Education

Ph.D. Government, Harvard University, 11/2001
M.A. Government, Harvard University, 11/1996
A.B. Social Studies, Harvard College, 6/1994
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor, USC School of International Relations, 05/2011-  
Assistant Professor, USC School of International Relations, 06/2008-05/2011  
Assistant Professor, Smith College Department of Government, 07/2003-06/2008  
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University Mershon Center, 2002-2003   
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, 2001-2002   
 

Other Employment

Predoctoral Fellow, Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation, 2000-2001   
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

International security and comparative foreign policy. Special interests: (1) nuclear proliferation; (2) national and other identities.
 

Research Keywords

International relations, International security, Comparative foreign policy, Nuclear proliferation, Big science, Professionalism, National identity, Supranational identity
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Jacques E. C. Hymans, $212,000, 08/2011-08/2013  
The development of the non-nuclear weapon state club (Social Science Research Council (Abe Fellowship)), Jacques Hymans, $76,269, 2008-2009   
 

USC Funding

Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Japanese Nuclear Energy After Fukushima: The Fukushima nuclear disaster has produced more than 18 months of nuclear policy confusion and political tension in Japan. Why, and what will come next?, $11,700, 2012-2013  
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

USC East Asian Studies Center, Affiliated faculty, 2010-present, http://dornsife.usc.edu/eascenter/affiliatedfaculty/
USC Korean Studies Institute, Affiliated Faculty, 2009-present, http://dornsife.usc.edu/ksi/ksi-directory/
 

Publications

Book

Hymans, J. E. (2012). Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. amazon.com
Hymans, J. E. (2006). The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions, and Foreign Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. amazon.com
 

Book Chapter

Hymans, J. E. (2010). Nuclear Proliferation and Non-Proliferation. International Studies Encyclopedia pp. 5447-5466. London: International Studies Encyclopedia/Blackwell.
 

Journal Article

Hymans, J. E. (2014). Why Recognize? Explaining Victorian Britain’s Decision to Recognize the Sovereignty of Imperial Japan. Korean Journal of International Studies. Vol. 12 (S1), pp. 49-78.
Hymans, J. E. (2014). No Cause for Panic: Key Lessons from the Political Science Literature on Nuclear Proliferation. International Journal. Vol. 69 (1), pp. 85-93.
Hymans, J. E. (2013). The Threat of Nuclear Proliferation: Perception and Reality. Ethics and International Affairs. Vol. 27 (3), pp. 281-298.
Hymans, J. E., Gratias, M. S. (2013). Iran and the Nuclear Threshold: Where is the Line?. Nonproliferation Review/Taylor&Francis. Vol. 20 (1), pp. 13-38.
Hymans, J. E. (2012). Botching the Bomb: Why Many Nuclear Weapons Programs Fail--And Why Iran's Might, Too. Foreign Affairs. Vol. 91 (3), pp. 44-53.
Hymans, J. E. (2011). Veto Players, Nuclear Energy, and Nonproliferation: Domestic Institutional Barriers to a Japanese Nuclear Bomb. International Security/MIT Press. Vol. 36 (2), pp. 154-189.
Hymans, J. E. (2011). Proliferation Implications of Civil Nuclear Cooperation: Theory and a Case Study of Tito's Yugoslavia. Security Studies/Taylor and Francis. Vol. 20 (1), pp. 73-104.
Hymans, J. E. (2010). The Arrival of Psychological Constructivism. International Theory/Cambridge University Press. Vol. 2 (3), pp. 461-467.
Hymans, J. E. (2010). When Does a State Become a Nuclear Weapons State? An Exercise in Measurement Validation. The Nonproliferation Review/Taylor and Francis. Vol. 17 (1), pp. 161-180.
Hymans, J. E. (2010). East is East, and West, is West? Currency Iconography as Nation-Branding in the Wider Europe. Political Geography/Elsevier. Vol. 29 (2), pp. 97-108.
Hymans, J. E. (2009). India's Soft Power and Vulnerability. India Review/Taylor and Francis. Vol. 8 (3), pp. 234-265.
Hymans, J. E. (2009). Britain and Hiroshima. Journal of Strategic Studies/Taylor and Francis. Vol. 32 (5), pp. 769-797.
Hymans, J. E. (2008). Assessing the DPRK’s Nuclear Intentions and Capacities: A New Approach. Journal of East Asian Studies. Vol. 8 (2), pp. 259-292.
Hymans, J. E. (2007). North Korea's Nuclear Neurosis. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Vol. 63 (3), pp. 44-49.
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Radio interview, I gave a long interview about the arguments in my book Achieving Nuclear Ambitions to Owen Bennett Jones on the BBC World Service Newshour, broadcast worldwide., 01/10/2014-01/11/2014  
Jim Bohannon Radio Show, I was interviewed about my book Achieving Nuclear Ambitions for a full hour on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon Radio Show, aired on 500+ stations nationwide on April 20, 2012. http://www.jimbotalk.net/programhighlights?date=20120420, Spring 2012   
 

Honors and Awards

Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow, 8/2012-8/2014  
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, APSA Don K. Price Award for Best Book in Science, Technology and Politics published in the past three years, 2013-2014   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, 2013 Louis Brownlow Award for best book in public administration, from the National Academy of Public Administration, 2013-2014   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order ($100,000 prize), 2013-2014   
Social Science Research Council Abe Fellow, 2008-2009   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Alexander L. George Award for Best Book in Political Psychology published in the year 2006, 2007-2008   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Edgar S. Furniss Award for Best First Book in International Security Studies published in the year 2006, 2007-2008   
Luce Foundation-EAI Fellow on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, 2006-2007   
 
 
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