Samuel Seitz

BS MA Georgetown

Research Topic:

Purchasing Prestige or Seeking Security: How Status Concerns and External Threats Shape Military Force Design
International Relations Network
Balliol College
DPhil International Relations
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I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford with a variety of substantive and methodological interests. My dissertation examines the effects of security - and status-pressures on great powers' military procurement decisions and force structure. In addition to the dissertation, I am also conducting research on alliance politics and the manner in which alliance pressures shape military force design. Before coming to Oxford, I did my undergraduate and master's work at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. My time in DC imbued in me an appreciation for the importance of combining IR theory with issues of practical policy importance, and this desire to combine theory and practice drives much of my work.

Courses Taught

  • NATO-Warsaw Pact Military Competition
  • International Relations
  • International Relations in the Era of the Two World Wars
  • International Security and Conflict

Areas of Expertise

  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Alliance Politics
  • Military Strategy


Samuel M. Seitz, "Letting sleeping bears lie: Ukraine’s cautious approach to uncertainty before the war," Contemporary Security Policy (2023).

Samuel Seitz & Caitlin Talmadge, "The Predictable Hazards of Unpredictability: Why Madman Behavior Doesn’t Work," The Washington Quarterly 43, no. 3 (2020): 31-46.