Sarah Kreps

John L. Wetherill Professor


Sarah Kreps is the John L. Wetherill Professor in the Department of Government, Adjunct Professor of Law, and the Director of Tech Policy Institute in the Cornell Brooks School of Public Policy. Her teaching and research focus on the intersection of technology, international politics, and national security. You can find her CV here.

She has written seven books: Social Media and International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Taxing Wars: The American Way of War Finance and the Decline of Democracy (2018), Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016), Drone Warfare (2014, co-authored with John Kaag) and Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War (Oxford 2011).  Two books are forthcoming: International Relations (Pearson, 2025, with Jon Pevehouse and Edward Mansfield) and Checking the Costs of War: Sources of Accountability in U.S. Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press, co-edited with Doug Kriner).

Beyond these books, Dr. Kreps's work has appeared in a number of academic journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Politics, International Security, Foreign Affairs and the Harvard Business Review. Her research and insights are frequently featured in international media outlets such as the New York Times, BBC, Financial Times, CNBC, and CNN.

Dr. Kreps is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Senior Fellow at the Bitcoin Policy Institute, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has a BA from Harvard University, MSc from Oxford, and PhD from Georgetown and previously served as an active-duty officer in the United States Air Force.

Research Focus

  • Emerging technology
  • National security
  • International politics

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