Lisa Koch

Lisa Koch,

Assistant Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise:
American Foreign Policy, International Relations, Nuclear Weapons, Public Policy, Security Studies

Lisa Koch
(909) 607-3798
Kravis Center 245


Fall 2019: On research leave


  • Biography
  • Research and Publications

Lisa Langdon Koch is Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. She specializes in international relations, focusing on international security, nuclear proliferation, and foreign policy.

Professor Koch recently published "Frustration and Delay: The Secondary Effects of Supply-Side Proliferation Controls" in Security Studies. With Matthew S. Wells, she conducted a Carnegie Corporation-funded study last summer of the mechanisms that support the "nuclear taboo" - the shared belief that it is wrong to use nuclear weapons. You can read a short piece introducing that study at Political Violence at a Glance. Koch's current book project concerns the decisions leaders make that change the course of their nuclear weapons programs. For more information, visit