John R. Karaagac

Senior Lecturer
Director, Certificate of Applied Research and Inquiry

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. with Distinction, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
  • M.A., International Relations, Cambridge University, 1987
  • B.A., History, University of California-Berkeley, 1986


  • Comparative Public Management and Administration
  • National & International Policy
  • National Security
  • Traditions of Inquiry: International Relations Theory and Policy Choices


Dr. John Karaagac is a political scientist with expertise in the American presidency, domestic and foreign policy, political biography, and international and comparative politics. An IU faculty member for more than a decade, Karaagac lectures on public policy and international relations at O'Neill. He has also taught at the University of Richmond and Johns Hopkins University. In the summers, Karaagac teaches international relations theory and American foreign policy at Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies Summer program where he earned his doctorate with distinction in 1997.

Karaagac has written four books on American policy and the intersection between the presidency and foreign politics, including The Bush Paradox: a Study in Comparative Politics. He also co-authored a book with IU Emeritus Professor Randall Baker, titled Why America Isn't Europe.


  • Trustee's Teaching Award (2016)
  • Inaugural Recipient of (2015) Most Creative Teaching Method Award, O'Neill Student Choice Awards
  • O'Neill Teaching Award, Undergraduate Instruction (2012, 2013)
  • Author of four books on Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and John McCain
  • Professorial Lecturer in American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (summers)

Selected Works