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Sarah Kreps

Associate Professor

White Hall, Room 317
Myron Taylor Hall



Sarah Kreps is an Associate Professor in Cornell University’s Department of Government.  Her research focuses on issues of international security, particularly questions of conflict and cooperation, alliance politics, political economy, and nuclear proliferation.

Kreps’s work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, Foreign Policy Analysis, Polity, African Security Review, the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, the International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, Intelligence and National Security, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Polity. Her opinions have been featured in a series of media outlets including The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, and CNN.

Her first book is called Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2011). It looks at instances of American military interventions after the Cold War and shows why multilateralism often prevails for even the most powerful countries such as the United States. Her second book is called Drone Warfare (with John Kaag, Polity Press, 2014) on the moral, political, and legal implications of using unmanned aerial vehicles in combat.  Her most recent book is Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016), which offers a practical guide to how drone technology is reshaping both military and civilian life.  Other book-length research-in-progress includes Taxing Wars, which deals with the causes and consequences of how the United States finances its wars.

Kreps teaches classes on international law, weapons proliferation, peace and conflict studies, and international relations theory. She has a B.A. from Harvard, M.Sc. from Oxford, and PhD from Georgetown University. Before going to graduate school, she served as an acquisitions and foreign area officer in the United States Air Force. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  You may follow her on Twitter @sekreps.

Her curriculum vitae can be found here.



  • Government

Graduate Fields

  • Government
  • Peace Studies and Peace Science


  • International relations
  • International conflict and cooperation
  • Alliance politics
  • Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction