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Dr. Ionut Popescu

Dr. PopescuOffice: UAC 323

Phone: 512.245.6075


Curriculum Vitae

B.A. Occidental College 

PhD Duke University 

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science


Dr. Ionut Popescu received his PhD in Political Science from Duke University in the fall of 2013, with a primary specialization in International Relations and a secondary one in American Politics. Prior to joining Texas State, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. A scholar of modern American foreign policy and grand strategy, Dr. Popescu is the author of Emergent Strategy and Grand Strategy: How American Presidents Succeed in Foreign Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Contemporary Security Policy, Orbis, Parameters, The Hill, Joint Force Quarterly, Armed Forces Journal and War On The Rocks. His teaching interests include courses on international security, strategy and conflict, and American foreign policy and national security.

Courses Taught

PS 3351 Introduction to International Studies

PS 3353 Issues in World Politics

PS 4350A US National Affairs and Homeland Security

PS 4351 International Conflict and Security

PS 5332 Problems in American Foreign Relations

PS 5398 Directed Reading and Research