Neta Crawford

Montague Burton Chair in International Relations, Professorial Fellow at Balliol College
Balliol College

Neta Crawford is Montague Burton Chair in International Relations and also holds a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College. 

Her research focuses on war, ethics, normative change, emotions in world politics, and climate change. She received the Distinguished Scholar award from the International Ethics section of the International Studies Association in 2018. 

She was a co-winner of the 2003 American Political Science Association Jervis and Schroeder Award for best book in International History and Politics for her book Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization, Humanitarian Intervention (CUP, 2002).  

Crawford is a co-founder and co-director of the Costs of War Project, based at Brown University.

Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post.

Research interests: 

  • International relations theory,  
  • normative theory, foreign policy decision making,  
  • sanctions,  
  • climate change,
  • climate security
  • military greenhouse gas emissions,
  • US foreign and military policy,
  • peace movements,  
  • discourse ethics,  
  • research design,  
  • utopian science fiction, 
  • and emotion.  


Professor Crawford’s most recent publication is The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War (MIT Press, 2022). She is also working on To Make Heaven Weep: Civilians and the American Way of War. She has authored several other books including, Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America’s Post‑9/11 Wars (2013).