Adam B. Lerner


Thanks for visiting my site! I am Dr. Adam B. Lerner, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Lowell, where I am also Director of the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program (BLA). Until recently, I was an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Deputy Director of Royal Holloway's Centre for International Security (RHISC).

My book From the Ashes of History: Collective Trauma and the Making of International Politics was published by Oxford University Press in March 2022. It received the 2023 Peter Katzenstein Award for Best First Book in IR, comparative politics or IPE, the 2023 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award from the Mershon Center at Ohio State, the 2023 APSA Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics Book Award, the 2023 ISA International Ethics Book Award, an Honorable Mention for the 2023 ISA Theory Book Award, and an Honorable Mention for the 2023 Hedley Bull Book Prize from ECPR. The first chapter is currently available open access online.

My refereed articles have appeared (or are forthcoming) in International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, International Theory, International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, Journal of Contemporary Asia, International History Review, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Critical Review and Economic & Political Weekly. I am the recipient of the 2018 Northedge Prize and the 2018 Emanuel Miller Prize. 

I previously served as a Public Scholar of the American Political Science Association (APSA), a Cambridge Trust Scholar, a Henry Luce Scholar, Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and a reporter at Politico and the Caravan. Beyond these venues, my journalistic writing (see the 'Journalism' tab) has appeared in the New York Times, the Pacific Standard, Politico Magazine, The Print, and Himal Southasian, among other outlets.

I received my PhD and MPhil (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Cornell University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude)

For more information on my work, click the 'Research' tab above or send me a message via the email addresses offered in the 'Contact' tab. Also, feel free to tweet at me (@adamblerner)! I am always happy to hear from junior scholars eager to discuss ideas.