Steven L. Lamy is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations and Spatial Sciences. He is the inaugural Director of the Dornsife Task Force on Global and Political Studies and served as USC Dornsife’s Vice Dean for Academic Programs from July 2007 to August 2017.

His areas of expertise include international relations theory; foreign policy analysis; the foreign policies of the Western nation-states with an emphasis on Western European states, the U.S. and Canada; human security; and teaching and curriculum development in international relations.

Professor Lamy has published more than 40 articles and book chapters in these areas. His textbook, Introduction to Global Politics, is in its seventh edition with Oxford University Press. He currently is working on a book that explores how theoretical narratives shape the choices made by foreign policy decision-makers. Most recently, he has published two book chapters dealing with US Arctic policy and the narratives shaping the policies of the Arctic Council.

A hallmark of Professor Lamy’s teaching is his focus on active learning. His Foreign Policy Analysis course is case-based, and his Humanitarian Intervention course focused on problem-based learning. Lamy also taught a problem-based research course each summer in three Arctic Council states: Iceland, Finland and Norway.

He currently is teaching in the USC M.A. in Global Security Studies Program.


Ph.D., Comparative and International Studies, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
M.A., Comparative and International Studies, University of Denver
B.A., Political Science, Siena College