A.J Dilts

International Relations Network
St Catherine's College
MPhil International Relations

I am a first-year MPhil in International Relations student at St Catherine's College. My research is focused on the form and formation of U.S. foreign policy, with a particular interest in bureaucratic politics, decision-making processes, and the relationship between decision-makers and their advisers.

Originally from northern Kentucky in the United States, I graduated from Harvard University in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in history and government. My undergraduate honors thesis explored the origins of America’s war in Vietnam under President John F. Kennedy, highlighting the influence of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the intersection of intelligence analysis and policy-making. Through my undergraduate courses and independent research, I have studied the history and foreign policies of China, Russia, Japan, the European Union, and the Middle East. Outside of the classroom, my research assistance for Professor Fredrik Logevall and Professor Joshua D. Kertzer involved archival research and analysis of group decision-making in U.S. foreign policy from the Truman to Reagan administrations. While in Oxford, I hope to also study the history and present dynamics of U.S.-China relations, the intersection of critical technologies and geopolitics, and the evolution of international order since 1989.