Welcome!

My name is John P. Harden. I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at The Ohio State University. I specialize in International Relations and Political Psychology. My specific areas of interest within International Relations include: international security, foreign policy (especially US foreign policy), Great Power politics, international conflict and cooperation, leader psychology, and public opinion. My research has been published in International Studies Quarterly. This webpage provides detailed information about my research and teaching. You can also find a copy of my CV.

My dissertation research investigates what leaders want and how that impacts their foreign policy decision-making and behavior. I use grandiose narcissism to examine variation in the goals and foreign policies of US presidents. While less narcissistic leaders pursue state interests at the cost of personal interests, narcissistic leaders pursue their own gains at the expense of state interests. Narcissistic leaders pursue their self-interest by making foreign policy decisions that promote and protect their inflated self-image. This leads to many unique patterns in foreign policy. One notable example is that narcissistic leaders will unilaterally initiate more Great Power conflicts. You can learn more about the specifics of how narcissistic self-image maintenance impacts foreign policy behavior by going to my dissertation page.

My other research projects explore the intersection of International Relations and Political Psychology. First, I have expanded my exploration of leader narcissism and international security by examining how leader narcissism impacts wartime decision-making, interstate war duration, norm violations, and crisis-bargaining behavior. Second, I have begun new research on the impact of individual differences on interstate threat appraisal under varying degrees of ambiguity in international relations.

Before coming to Ohio State, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at City University of New York: Hunter College. I am originally from Staten Island, NY.

If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, please contact me at harden.496@osu.edu