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Jacques Hymans

Associate Professor of International Relations

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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, as well as best book awards from the American Political Science Association and the National Academy of Public Administration. Hymans’ first book, The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2006) was honored with best book awards from the International Society of Political Psychology and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Hymans has also published articles in Foreign Affairs, International Security, Security Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, and many others. He is an editorial board member of several journals including International Studies Quarterly. He has received grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, 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:


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 international recognition of Japan (National Endowment for the Humanities), Jacques Hymans, $50,400, 2015-2016   
Britain's recognition of the sovereignty of Meiji Japan (The Strathmartine Trust, Scotland, UK), Jacques Hymans, $1,500, 2015-2016   
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,
USC Korean Studies Institute, Affiliated Faculty, 2009-present,
University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, Visiting Researcher, 2015-2016,



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

Book Chapter

Hymans, J. E. (2015). The Dynamics of Nuclear Politics: Lessons from Latin America. Routledge Handbook on Latin America and the World pp. 362-375. New York: Routledge.
Hymans, J. E. (2014). Befriend the Scientists: How to Bring Iran’s Nuclear Program Into the Fold. Iran and the Bomb 2: A New Hope pp. 86-91. New York: Council on Foreign Relations.
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., Spring 2012   

Honors and Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan, 2015-2016   
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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