IAS x SIR Speaker Series

"The Political Economy of Armed Drone Proliferation" with Professor Steve Ceccoli

Steve Ceccoli (GSAS ’94, ’98) is the P.K. Seidman Professor of Political Economy and Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College.  His current research focuses on the origins of the U.S. drone strike program, public attitudes toward drones and drone strikes in the United States and Europe, and the political economy of drone proliferation.  His recent work on these topics has appeared in the Journal of Transatlantic StudiesPolicy StudiesPresidential Studies Quarterly, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

Professor Ceccoli chairs the Political Economy Program at Rhodes and is former chair of the Rhodes International Studies Department.  His regular course offerings include international relations theory, international political economy, and comparative politics as well as a writing seminar on drones and drone warfare.   He is a former participant in the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program, where he served on Capitol Hill working on the staff of Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln (D-AR).  Professor Ceccoli also regularly leads a summer study program for Rhodes College students in Tianjin, China in conjunction with Tianjin Foreign Studies University, where he is a visiting summer scholar. He is the recipient of the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Jameson Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service at Rhodes, and previously served as the Faculty Fellow for International Programs, where he promoted the internationalization of the Rhodes campus. 

Steve holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from Washington University and a BA cum laude from Heidelberg College.