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Jonathan M. Acuff

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Spring 2018 Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12-2pm and by appointment

Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit" -Cicero


Born in Greenwich, Conn., Jonathan Acuff, Ph.D. has previously taught at the University of Washington, Saint Anselm College, and Seattle University. He has worked as a military analyst for the National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle, Wash., served as an officer in the US Army Reserve, taught high school in Williamsburg, Va., and lived in Denmark. Acuff has also coached tennis at both the high school and NCAA Division II levels. Acuff is the Coordinator for the Coastal Carolina University Chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield, the honor society for intelligence studies.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Washington
M.A., Political Science, University of Washington
M.A., Political Science, University of Iowa
M.A. Ed., Social Studies, College of William and Mary
B.A., History, College of William and Mary

Interesting Facts

Editor (with Brent J. Steele), Theory and Application of the “Generation” in International Relations and Politics (Palgrave, 2012).

Jonathan M. Acuff, “Spectacle and Space in the Creation of Polities: Towards a Mixed Ontology of Collective Identity,” International Political Sociology, No. 2, Vol. 6 (June 2012): 132-48.

Jonathan M. Acuff, “Social Networking Media and the Revolution that Wasn’t: A Realistic Assessment of the Revolutionary Situation in Iran”in Yahya R. Kamalipour (ed.) Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

Jonathan M. Acuff, “Modernity and Nationalism” in Robert A. Denemark (ed.), International Studies Compendium, Volume VIII.  Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Jonathan M. Acuff, “Islam and the Charismatic Revolutionary Transformation of Iran” Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions Vol. 4, No. 2 (Autumn 2003): 133-157.

Elected three times to the Executive Committee of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and

Migration (ENMISA) organized section of the International Studies Association

Martin O. Heisler Award winner, International Studies Association

Ford Foundation Crossing Borders Fellow, University of Iowa

Acuff has been a contributor to NPR, Voice of America, Fox, and New England Cable News

Teaching Areas

Intelligence analysis, international security, strategy, and terrorism

Research Areas

International security, intelligence analysis and epistemology, military doctrine, revolutions and state failure, and social theory (broadly conceived)

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Program Affiliations

Politics and Intelligence and National Security Studies