Research

Lantis has extensive field research experience in international politics, and he regularly employs elite interviews to develop original case studies of foreign and security policy decision-making processes. In 2007, Lantis was a J. William Fulbright Senior Fell0w for research in Australia, where he served as Visiting Scholar in the Department of International Relations at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University in Canberra and the School of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Lantis has also served as a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada; and in the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Current research projects include:

Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurship:  This research explores the power of junior congressional entrepreneurs to influence U.S. foreign policy. The project employs a mixed-methods approach, including structured, focused case studies of innovation and obstruction in contemporary U.S. foreign policy debates. Results of this study were published in my new book with the University of Michigan Press, as well as planned academic journal articles over the next three years.

Critical Norm Theory and Nonproliferation: This research program critically examines constructivist security studies theory regarding the power of international norms to regulate state behavior. I have developed research projects on critical norm theory and nuclear nonproliferation with Dr. Carmen Wunderlich and colleagues at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt/Leibniz Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens und Konfliktforschung (PRIF/HSFK) and the Peace Research Center Prague at Charles University.

Strategic Culture in the 21st Century:  This research analyzes the role of strategic culture in shaping national security policy. This research program includes an examination of strategic culture and tailored deterrence, as well as a study of links between strategic culture, weapons of mass destruction policy, and threat assessment.

U.S. Political Polarization, Factionalism, and Foreign Policy:  This research program explores the impact and influence of ideological factions such as the House Freedom Caucus and the Progressives on various aspects of the U.S. foreign policy-making process. I have presented conference papers and have articles in development that examine how the rise of a new generation in Congress and active factions have impacted key areas of U.S. foreign policy-making. In collaboration with Dr. Patrick Homan, we are advancing a new book, conference papers, and articles on factionalism on foreign policy.

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