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Keith L. Shimko

Keith L. Shimko

Professor // Political Science

Associate Department Head // Political Science

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2236


Phone: (765) 494-7601

Ph.D. Indiana University
B.A. Franklin and Marshall College

Current CV



International Relations
Human Security and Political Violence



Nuclear Security Education Program


Research Summary

Keith Shimko's primary teaching and research interests are in international relations, particularly United States foreign/defense policy, international security, war and international conflict, and international relations theory. He is currently working on a book examining debates among conservatives about the Iraq War and its aftermath, entitled Bush and Burke in Baghdad and Beyond: American Conservatism, the Iraq War and U.S. Foreign Policy.

He the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, the Kenneth Kohfmehl Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Instruction, and was inducted into Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers in 2014. In 2016 he received the Charles B. Murphy Award, Purdue University's highest award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.


Selected Publications

Shimko, Keith. 2016. International Relations: Perspectives and Controversies, Fifth Edition. Boston, MA: Cengage-Wadsworth.

Shimko, Keith. 2015. The Foreign Policy Puzzle: Interests, Threats and Tools. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Shimko, Keith. 2010. The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Shimko, Keith. 1991. Images and Arms Control: Perceptions of the Soviet Union in the Reagan Administration. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Recipient of the 1992 Quincy Wright Award Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1993.