Jeffrey Pickering

International Military Intervention Data

Ph.D. Political Science, Indiana University

Dr. Pickering is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Program inDr. Jeff Pickering Security Studies. He has published articles in leading outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Interactions. His first book, Britain’s Withdrawal from East of Suez, was published by Macmillan press in Britain and St. Martin’s Press in the US. His most recent book, entitled African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers, and Rebel Forces, was published by Cambridge University Press. Co-authored with Emizet Kisangani, the book won the J. David Singer Book Award from the International Studies Association-Midwest in 2023.

He currently serves as co-editor in chief of the International Studies Association’s (ISA) flagship journal International Studies Quarterly. With nearly 8,000 members in over 120 countries worldwide, ISA is “the largest, most respected, and most widely known scholarly association promoting research and education in international studies” and International Studies Quarterly is among the leading journals in the field. He previously served as editor in chief of the ISA journal International Interactions and has also been a co-editor for the ISA journal Foreign Policy Analysis.


Pickering will receive ISA’s Foreign Policy Analysis Distinguished Scholar Award in 2024 and he received the ISA-Midwest’s Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award in 2019. Both are career awards recognizing scholars whose research has had a lasting impact on the field. Awardees also stand out for contributing significantly to the profession and to ISA. The department of political science at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, also noted his contributions to the discipline when honoring him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2019.

At K-State, Pickering has been recognized for his scholarship, teaching, and leadership. He received KSU’s Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award in 2023, an honor given to faculty members who “are recognized nationally and internationally for their outstanding scholarly achievements and for their contributions to graduate education.” His success in the classroom has earned him the Commerce Bank and Stamey Awards for outstanding undergraduate instruction. He served two five-year terms as head of the political science department, for which he was honored with KSU’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head. Prior to joining K-State, his PhD dissertation on postwar British foreign policy in the east of Suez area received the Samuel H. Beer Award from the British Politics Group.

Pickering teaches courses for KSU undergraduate students, graduate students, and officers and faculty at the U.S Army’s Command and General Staff College enrolled in Kansas State’s Security Studies program. Four of his PhD advisees have served as faculty members at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies. His PhD students have also taught in the Cyber Security Program at James Madison University, the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence at Mercyhurst University, and in the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University.

His current research focuses on global patterns of military intervention and other coercive foreign policies. He also is examining domestic inequality and the use of military force abroad, the relationship between intervention and government stability, the deployment of pro-government militias, and how civil-military relations impact both the use of force abroad and domestic violence.

African Interventions

Kisangani and Pickering's "African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers, and Rebel Forces" - Cambridge University Press