Lori Helene Gronich

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Lori Helene Gronich is a Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Her teaching and scholarship focus on international peace and security, U.S. foreign policy, decision-making processes, research design, and the dynamics of individual and group cognition. She previously served as the Director of the Office of Education and the Successor Generations at The Atlantic Council of the United States, and as a Program Officer with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Committee on International Peace and Security at the Social Science Research Council.

Professor Gronich has been a consultant to the U.S. Institute of Peace, the International Peace Academy, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute-North America, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, the Rand Corporation, and the Academy for Educational Development.  She has taught at Haverford College, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Georgetown University, and the National War College, and she has been a research fellow at Harvard University, Princeton University, the Brookings Institution, Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, USC, and UCLA. In addition, she has received numerous grants for her scholarship and innovative approaches to teaching.

Professor Gronich has designed and supervised a broad array of professional, graduate, and undergraduate research efforts. She has overseen award-winning work that focuses on contemporary and historical concerns in national and international politics and policy, and guided investigations that have addressed problems in terrorism, counterterrorism, and intelligence; conventional and unconventional weapons, and weapons control; land, sea, air, space, and cyber security; gender, human rights, development, and democracy; international law and policing; and war-fighting and peace-making within and across national boundaries. Her approach is to encourage studies that build on an author’s individual experiences, scholarly achievements, and professional goals.

Professor Gronich is a recipient of the Best Faculty Paper Award from the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the American Political Science Association and has been nominated for the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the American Political Science Association meetings.  Her publications include: “Psychology” (co-authored with Richard H. Immerman), in Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations 3rd edition, eds. Michael Hogan and Frank Costigliola (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016); Expertise and Naïveté in Decision-Making: Theory, History, and the Trump Administration,” in H-Diplo/International Security Studies Forum Policy Series, America and the World—2017 and Beyond, May 3, 2017; and “Robert Jervis: A Tribute,” in H-Diplo/International Security Studies Forum (forthcoming, 2022). She has lectured widely in the United States and internationally and has peer-reviewed manuscripts for scholarly journals and academic presses. Professor Gronich has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University, and the Honor Board of Women in International Security. She received her BA in political science from UCSB, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.


International peace and security, US foreign policy, decision-making processes, research design, and the dynamics of individual and group cognition.

Lori Helene Gronich is currently working on a monograph, Choosing Force or Diplomacy: The Cognitive Calculus Theory and Foreign Policy Decision-Making; and developing a study (with Anthony M. Bell) on prospect theory, domestic political coalitions, and foreign policy change.

International Relations Theory, Foreign Policy Decision-Making, Averting Failure in Foreign Policy, International Politics and Security Policy, and Independent Studies in International Affairs

Lori Helene Gronich is the author of several studies, including “Expertise and Naïveté in Decision-Making: Theory, History, and the Trump Administration,” in H-Diplo/International Security Studies Forum Policy Series, America and the World—2017 and Beyond, May 3, 2017; and “Psychology” (with Richard H. Immerman) in Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations 3rd edition, eds. Michael Hogan and Frank Costigliola (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles