Shahin Berenji


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A and M University.  Previously, I worked at Southern Methodist University where I served as the Colin Powell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs.

In my research, I apply theories and concepts from political psychology to understand when and why leaders undertake bold, risky peace initiatives in rivalries. For more information on my research and teaching interests, please visit my personal website.


Ph.D  Political Science, University of California Los Angeles M.A.  Political Science, University of California Los Angeles B.A.   Political Science, University of Southern California


International Security, Foreign Policy Decision-Making, Diplomacy/Diplomatic History, Conflict Resolution, Political Psychology, International Relations Theory, the Cold War, and the International Relations of the Middle East


Deborah Larson, Robert Trager, Marc Trachtenberg, and Stanley Wolpert