Princeton, New Jersey, 4 April, 1900
"...I wish I could give you a definite opinion about the future of graduate work at the University of Chicago; but I do not feel that I have ever really seen inside the place. My impression (most superficially formed, and from a distance) has been that it lacked academic steadiness, certainty of aim, dignity, the patience that does not pant for 'results:' that it was infected with the hurry, and I should suspect superficiality, of the 'intensive' methods indicated by their six weeks' concentration on groups of electives, etc. But I am very old fashioned and conservative; and all 'hustling' seems to me the very negation of progress in thoughtful study. I should, for myself, be afraid of the lack of reserve and the feverish progressiveness which I suppose to characterize the place. I know so little about it, however, that I would not say this to any one who did not know me. I should think Chicago a splendid place to work in a hundred years from now, when Dr. Harper was dead and the place had cooled off, and fads had been exploded..."
-Woodrow Wilson, Letter to Frederick Jackson Turner (h/t Natasha Leyk)
Greetings, my name is M. J. Reese (or, just "Reese") and I study international politics. I am currently a Senior Lecturer with the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago. I also serve as Co-Director of Chicago's Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES) workshop series. My primary academic interests are in the areas of international security, comparative politics, and foreign policy studies.
A native of Wisconsin, I received my B.A. in Government and History from Lawrence University. During my time at Lawrence, I participated in American University's Washington Semester Program and interned with the Center for Security Policy. After graduation, I worked at the Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Washington DC offices. I then returned to school to receive my M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. While a student at Ohio State, I served as a Research Assistant at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and participated in the Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP). As I completed my dissertation, I taught courses independently as an instructor in both Ohio State's Political Science Department and International Studies Program.
I am specifically interested in international relations theory, international security, asymmetric conflict & terrorism, American foreign policy and grand strategy, crisis politics, comparative politics and political development, and security community and identity theory. As a proud former participant in the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR), I am committed to theory-driven scholarship that utilizes quantitative techniques in tandem with rigorous qualitative investigation.