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. Neta was elected a member of both the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2023. 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).