Keith L. Shimko

Keith L. Shimko

Professor // Political Science

Undergraduate Program Chair // Political Science

Ph.D. Indiana University
B.A. Franklin and Marshall College

Office Information

Office: BRNG 2236
Office Phone: (765) 494-7601
Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
Office Hours: By appointment



International Relations
Political Violence and Human Security


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 AwardChoice Outstanding Academic Book of 1993

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