Daniel Nexon is an associate professor in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His first book, The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change, won the 2010 International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association Book Award. Nexon has received several prestigious fellowships and awards. In 2009-2010 Nexon received an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. He served his fellowship in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) in the Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia regional office. In 2012, the Social Science Research Council recognized Nexon as an important "New Voice" in international affairs.
Background and Graduate Education
Nexon grew up in Washington, DC and attended the Georgetown Day School. While in high school, he participated in policy debate and was a nationally ranked competitor. His senior year, he and his debate partner, Rebecca Tushnet, reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions. Nexon then attended Harvard University, where he briefly debated and also wrote for the Harvard International Review. He graduated with a B.A. in 1995.
Nexon began a Ph.D. program in Political Science at Columbia University in 1995. He received his M.A and M.Phil before graduating with a Ph.D. in 2004. While in graduate school, he began collaborating on a series of papers with Patrick Jackson exploring the role of ideas in international politics. Their papers, part of a theoretical school described as Constructivism, has led them both to be placed on lists of notable constructivists.
Nexon is primarily known for two areas of his research. First, Nexon is one of the most preeminent experts on the relationship between religion and international politics. His first book, The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change explores the way the Protestant Reformation "gave rise to crosscutting religious networks that underpined the ability of early modern European rulers to divide and contain local resistance to their authority. In doing so, the Reformations produced a series of cries in the European order and crippled the Habsburg bid for hegemony." Peter J. Katzenstein said that "[f]ew recent books in international relations and history rival what Daniel Nexon has accomplished in this impressive piece of scholarship. The book's fresh conceptualizations opens new vistas on the past experiences, present conditions, and future trajectories of international relations."
Second, Nexon also engages in research designed to link together the study of international politics with important elements of American culture such as Harry Potter. Nexon has been quoted in newspapers, magazines, and television for his collaborative studies on the intersection between the Harry Potter series and international affairs. In the 2007 Time Magazine story on woman of the year J.K. Rowling, Nexon stated that "for people articulating concerns about globalization in their cultural setting. It's incredibly significant that Potter even enters these debates." Nexon co-edited a volume titled "Harry Potter and World Politics", published in 2006, that applies international relations theorizing to the world of Harry Potter and the politics of Harry Potter in general.
- ‘’The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires’’, and International Change. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009
- ‘’Harry Potter and International Relations’’. (co-edited with Iver Neumann). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006
- “Paradigmatic Faults in International Relations Theory.” (co-authored with Patrick T. Jackson). International Studies Quarterly 53.4 (2009)
- “The Balance of Power in the Balance.” World Politics 61.3 (2009)
- “What’s This, Then? ‘Romanes Eunt Domus’?.” International Studies Perspectives 9.3 (2008)
- “What’s at Stake in the American Empire Debate.” (co-authored with Thomas Wright). American Political Science Review 101.2 (2007)
- “Paradigm Lost? Structural Realism and Structural Functionalism.” (co-authored with Stacie E. Goddard). European Journal of International Relations 10.1 (2005)
- “Zeitgeist? Neo-idealism and International Political Change.” Review of International Political Economy 12.4 (2005)
- “Constructivist Realism or Realist-Constructivism?.” (co-authored with Patrick T. Jackson). International Studies Review 2.6 (2004)
- “Which Historical Sociology?.” Review of International Studies 27.2 (2001)
- “Whence Causal Mechanisms? A Comment on Legro.” (co-authored with Patrick T. Jackson). Dialogue IO 1.1 (2001)
- “Relations before States: Substance, Process, and the Study of World Politics.” (co-authored with Patrick T. Jackson). European Journal of International Relations 5.3 (1999)
- Daniel H. Nexon. The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009).
- IISS Book Awards. Accessed September 21, 2012. http://www.isanet.org/awards-grants/award-recipients.html#isssbook.
- Daniel H. Nexon. International Affairs Fellow. Accessed September 21, 2012. http://www.cfr.org/experts/world/daniel-h-nexon/b14490
- Jack Donnelly. New Voices: Dan Nexon. Accessed September 21, 2012. http://www.ssrc.org/features/pages/new-voices/6614/7473/.
- Dan Nexon Articles. Harvard International Review. Accessed September 25, 2012. http://hir.harvard.edu/article-authors/dan-nexon.
- Daniel H. Nexon and Patrick T. Jackson. “Constructivist Realism or Realist-Constructivism?.” International Studies Review 2.6 (2004); Daniel H. Nexon and Patrick T. Jackson. "Whence Causal Mechanisms? A Comment on Legro.” Dialogue IO 1.1 (2001); Daniel H. Nexon and Patrick T. Jackson. “Relations before States: Substance, Process, and the Study of World Politics.” European Journal of International Relations 5.3 (1999)
- Quote from official Princeton University Press page for The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change. Accessed September 25, 2012. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8934.html.
- Brian Bethune. Will Harry die? The experts weigh in on whether Harry Potter has a chance in the final book. Macleans. July 9, 2007. Accessed September 27, 2012. http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20070709_107109_107109&page=1; David L. Miller. Harry Potter and Magical Realism. CBS News Opinion. September 22, 2009. Accessed September 27, 2012. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/20/opinion/main3080037.shtml%3C.
- Nancy Gibbs. Person of the Year 2007: Runner Up: J.K. Rowling. Time December 19, 2007. Accessed September 27, 2012. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1690753_1695388_1695436,00.html.
- Daniel H. Nexon and Iver Neumann. ‘’Harry Potter and World Politics’’ (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).
- "The Duck of Minerva: About". Duckofminerva.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-09-28.