Joseph Stieb, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor National Security Affairs
Joseph Stieb faculty photo


Joseph Stieb joined the U.S. Naval War College in 2022 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies. He received a Ph.D. in U.S. history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019. He studies U.S. foreign policy, politics, and ideas in the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the Iraq War and the War on Terrorism. He is the author of “The Regime Change Consensus: Iraq in American Politics, 1990-2003” (Cambridge, 2021) and has also published in Diplomatic History, Modern American History, The International History Review, The Washington Post, War on the Rocks, Foreign Policy, American Purpose, and Arc Digital.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War
  • Desert Storm
  • Foreign Policy
  • GWOT
  • Iraq
  • Middle East
  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights


Assistant Professor

Started work as an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Started as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University.

Ph.D. Student

Finished Ph.D. in U.S. History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

High School Teacher

Taught history at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School from 2011-2014.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019, U.S. History

M.A., University of Chicago, 2011, Social Sciences

B.A., Trinity University, 2010, History

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Research Contributions and Publications

The Regime Change Consensus: Iraq in American Politics, 1990-2003
Cambridge University Press, 2021

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