Keith L. Shimko

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. Indiana University
    B.A. Franklin and Marshall College

Department Information

Political Science // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 2236
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-7601
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
  • Office Hours: Spring 2017: T 1:00-4:00, W 9:00-12:00; by appointment
  • E-mail:
  • Courses

  • Spring 2017
    POL 237 - Modern Weapons
    POL 631 - Research Seminar in International Relations

    Fall 2016/Fall 2015/Spring 2015
    POL 237 - Modern Weapons

    Fall 2016
    POL 430 - International Relations: The Iraq Wars

    Spring 2016
    No Classes

    Fall 2015
    POL 630 - Research Seminar in International Relations

    Spring 2015
    POL 631 - Research Seminar: International Relations: Realism

  • Specialization

  • International Relations

  • Research

    Keith Shimko's primary teaching and research interests are in international relations, particularly United States foreign/defense policy, international security, war and international conflict, and international relations theory. He is the author of Images and Arms Control (University of Michigan Press), The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution (Cambridge University Press), five editions of International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies and Readings (Cengage), and, most recently, The Foreign Policy Puzzle: Interests, Threats and Tools (Oxford University Press). He is currently working on a book examining debates among conservatives about the Iraq War and  its aftermath entitled Bush and Burke in Baghdad and Beyond:American Conservatism, the Iraq War and U.S. Foreign Policy. He the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, the Kenneth Kohfmehl Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Instruction and was inducted into Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers in 2014. In 2016 he received the Charles B. Murphy Award, Purdue University's highest award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. 

    Selected Publications


    The Foreign Policy Puzzle: Interests, Threats and Tools (Oxford University Press, 2015).

    The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

    International Relations: Perspectives and Controversies (Cengage-Wadsworth, Fifth Edition, 2016).

    Images and Arms Control: Perceptions of the Soviet Union in the Reagan Administration (University of Michigan Press, 1991, 275 pages).

    • Recipient of the 1992 Quincy Wright Award
    • Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1993

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