Lori Helene Gronich

Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs

Areas of Expertise

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

Lori Helene Gronich has held research appointments at Harvard University, Princeton University, the Brookings Institution, Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, USC, and UCLA; and received the Best Faculty Paper Award from the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the American Political Science Association. She has been nominated for the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the American Political Science Association meetings, and taught at Haverford College, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Georgetown University, and the National War College. She been a consultant to the International Peace Academy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, the Rand Corporation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute-North America, the Academy for Educational Development, and the Bolashak Fellows Program, and has also received numerous grants for her scholarship and innovative approaches to teaching. She has lectured widely in the United States and internationally, and reviewed manuscripts for several scholarly journals and academic presses. She is currently a member of the Honor Board, Women in International Security (WIIS).


Current Research

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.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles


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, http://issforum.org/roundtables/policy/1-5AH-expertise; 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).

Classes Taught

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