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Jonathan M. Acuff
Florence, SC

International Affairs Security & Defense


Jonathan Acuff, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Francis Marion University
Professor Jonathan Acuff is a specialist in international relations with a focus on security studies, and a former officer in the Army Reserve. He can address subjects related to U.S. military strategy, terrorism, European politics, Iranian politics, homeland security, and state crises such as coups or revolutions.
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Florence, SC 29502
United States
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Professor Acuff has taught at the University of Washington, Cornish College, Seattle University, and Saint Anselm College. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Francis Marion University. His research interests include international relations theory, international security, state formation and break-up, ethnicity and nationalism, military doctrine and strategy, and revolutions.

Professor Acuff holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington, M.A.s in Political Science from the University of Washington and the University of Iowa, an M.A.Ed. in Social Studies from the College of William and Mary, and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary.

From 1993-2002, Acuff served as a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserve, completing the Officers Basic Course and Joint Strategic Deployment Planning Course at Ft. Eustis, Virginia and U.S. Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. During 2002-2003, he worked as a military analyst for the National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle.

Acuff has been a Ford Foundation Crossing Borders Fellow at the University of Iowa and was the winner of the International Studies Association's Martin O. Heisler Award. He was elected to three terms on the Executive Committee of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, Migration, and Immigration (ENMISA) section of the International Studies Association.

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Recent Publications/Appearances


WMUR 9 news, in Manchester, New Hampshire, about General Stanley McChrystal's recent comments to Rolling Stone.

Jonathan Acuff, Ph.D. on the Comparison of the War in Afghanistan with the Vietnam War


Brent J. Steele and Jonathan M. Acuff (eds.), Generational Analysis: Theory and Application in International Relations and Comparative Politics, including Steele and Acuff, “Introduction” and Acuff, “Generational Analysis and the Evolution of Military Doctrine and Strategy." 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. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

Jonathan M. Acuff, “Modernity and Nationalism” in Robert A. Denemark (ed.), International Studies Compendium. London: Blackwell, 2010.

Jonathan M. Acuff, “Nationalism” in Jeffrey Ian Ross (ed.), Religion and Violence. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 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.


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