Dr. Jonathan M. DiCicco

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Jonathan M. DiCicco
(615) 904-8035
Room 251, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Summer 2021: only by special arrangement.

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DiCicco is a prolific writer and scholar on matters related to international conflict, rivalry and war. His research investigates the causes, conduct, consequences, management, and resolution of international conflict, and American defense and foreign policy in contemporary historical perspective.

Areas of Focus

International Conflict | Leaders in International Affairs | Military Intervention | Peace and Conflict Resolution | War

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Degree Information

  • PHD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2006)
  • BA, Drew University (1994)

Areas of Expertise

Areas of scholarly interest include: International conflict, rivalry, and war; Peace and conflict resolution in international politics; Leaders and leadership in international affairs; U.S. foreign and defense policy; Military intervention; Teaching and learning

Biography

Originally from New York, DiCicco earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 2006. He taught courses at Rutgers and at Lehigh University while finishing his doctorate, which included an in-depth study of the effects of war on 19th- and 20th-century international rivalries. A self-described teacher-scholar, DiCicco was a full-time faculty member at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York for 12 years before moving to Tennessee in August 2018. Since arriving at MTSU,...

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Originally from New York, DiCicco earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 2006. He taught courses at Rutgers and at Lehigh University while finishing his doctorate, which included an in-depth study of the effects of war on 19th- and 20th-century international rivalries. A self-described teacher-scholar, DiCicco was a full-time faculty member at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York for 12 years before moving to Tennessee in August 2018. Since arriving at MTSU, he has joined the Graduate Faculty and the Honors College Faculty, and has been awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of full professor, effective August 2021. DiCicco is an active scholar who has published in leading journals in political science and international relations, including International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Political Research Quarterly, and he routinely peer-reviews manuscripts for journals and presses. He also writes occasionally for H-Diplo, which is H-Net's network for diplomatic history and international affairs, and he has published op-eds and short-format works in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Tennessean, among others. DiCicco regularly teaches undergraduate courses on international relations, war and international conflict, and the politics of protest; he teaches graduate courses in international security and peace studies, and mentors students in the Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) program. DiCicco resides in Nashville and maintains a presence on Twitter (@dicicco_jon). 

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Publications

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Citations to these and other publications are tracked by Google Scholar. See DiCicco's citation page here.

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Presentations

  • "Sino-Soviet Border Clashes as (Manufactured) Shock to Sino-American Rivalry." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Las Vegas, March 2021 (virtual).
  • "Revisionism in Nested Hierarchical Orders: Dissatisfaction and Danger in the Emergent System." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Las Vegas, March 2021 (virtual).
  • “Sino-Soviet Border Clashes as Shock to Sino-American Rivalry.” J...
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  • "Sino-Soviet Border Clashes as (Manufactured) Shock to Sino-American Rivalry." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Las Vegas, March 2021 (virtual).
  • "Revisionism in Nested Hierarchical Orders: Dissatisfaction and Danger in the Emergent System." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Las Vegas, March 2021 (virtual).
  • “Sino-Soviet Border Clashes as Shock to Sino-American Rivalry.” Joint conference of the APSA and ISA on International Security, Denver, Colorado, October 2019.
  • “Status Quo Evaluations and Revisionism in Nested Hierarchical Orders.” TransResearch Consortium Summer Conference, Portland, Oregon, August 2019.
  • “It Takes Practice to Tango: Elite Influencers and the Roots of Rivalry.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Toronto, March 2019 (with Emily Meierding).
  • “Microfoundations of International Rivalries.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Toronto, March 2019.
  • Panel Discussant and Chair, “War and its Winners and Losers.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Toronto, March 2019.
  • “Ethnic Group Bargaining as a Determinant of Interstate Rivalry.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, March 2018 (with Douglas M. Gibler).
  • “Power Transition Theory and the Essence of Revisionism.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Baltimore, February 2017.
  • “Microfoundations of Peaceful Change in International Rivalries,” and panel co-discussant, (“Negotiations, Settlement, and Future Peace”), Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Atlanta, March 2016.
  • Invited Participant, Roundtable: “The Study of Rivalry: History, Science, Synthesis?” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2015.
  • “Do Not Leave Baggage Unattended: Formative Events, Leaders’ Generational Identities, and Peacemaking between Rivals.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Toronto, March 2014.

Presentations not included in this selection are listed on DiCicco's CV.

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Research / Scholarly Activity

In his research DiCicco has emphasized themes of leaders and leadership, including political and military leaders in times of war and peace, leaders' roles in managing and resolving dangerous rivalries, American leadership of the international order, and power transitions at the apex of that order. DiCicco was recently named Senior Fellow by the

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In his research DiCicco has emphasized themes of leaders and leadership, including political and military leaders in times of war and peace, leaders' roles in managing and resolving dangerous rivalries, American leadership of the international order, and power transitions at the apex of that order. DiCicco was recently named Senior Fellow by the TransResearch Consortium, a nonprofit institution that encourages research related to impending global transitions driven by power shifts and demographic changes. For one of DiCicco's policy-oriented publications, see "Shock and Thaw? The Limited Prospects for US-Iran De-escalation," in the online magazine Political Violence at a Glance (January 15, 2020).

Other recent and ongoing projects focus on so-called "great power competition" and revisionism in regional contexts, as well as the microfoundations of rivalry change, including public opinion and generational attitudes toward enemy countries and the use of force abroad, and the struggle to adjust US defense policy to changing global realities. 

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Courses

  • PS 3210 - International Relations
  • PS 4210 - International Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Responses
  • PS 4860 - Protest, Politics, and the State in Today's World
  • PS 6110 - International Security in a Changing World
  • PS 6120 - Peace and Conflict Resolution: Concepts, Processes, and Consequences
  • PS 2130 - Model United Nations and Crisis Simulation (experiential learning course)
  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics (Buchanan Honors section)
  • PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Profession