Lisa Koch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Government


International Relations

Areas of Expertise

American Foreign Policy
International Relations
Nuclear Weapons
Security Studies


Lisa Langdon Koch is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. She specializes in international relations, focusing on international security, nuclear proliferation, and foreign policy. She received the 2023 Glenn R. Huntoon Award for Superior Teaching by a vote of the student body.

Professor Koch is the author of Nuclear Decisions: Changing the Course of Nuclear Weapons Programs (Oxford University Press), and articles on topics like nuclear proliferation and foreign policy. She is a 2021 Stanton Foundation Nuclear Security Grant Program winner. Her work has also been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is a 2000 Harry S. Truman Scholar.

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Photo credit: Sidney Smith '25/Claremont McKenna College


B.A. from Boston College; Master of Public Policy from University of Michigan; Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan

Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., and by appointment