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, specializing in international relations. In 2023, she received the Glenn R. Huntoon Award for Superior Teaching. Koch is the author of Nuclear Decisions: Changing the Course of Nuclear Weapons Programs (Oxford University Press 2023), which won the Robert Jervis Best International Security Book Award. She has published numerous articles on topics like nuclear proliferation and foreign policy. Koch is a 2021 Stanton Foundation Nuclear Security Grant Program winner. Her research has also been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is a 2000 Harry S. Truman Scholar. 

For more information about Professor Koch's research and teaching, visit

You may go here to listen to her podcast interview on New Books in World Affairs (on Nuclear Decisions).

You may go here to watch her recent Athenaeum talk, "Threats and Promises across the Nuclear Age: a Lecture in Memoriam of Professor Ed Haley."

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