Robert L. Stone, Ph.D.

Fellow Strategy and Policy Department
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Robert Stone is a postdoctoral teaching and research fellow in the Strategy and Policy Department. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where he studied political theory. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Politics with concentrations in political theory and international relations. His research focuses on Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War for insights into strategic culture and democratic decision making. His writings have appeared in numerous journals, including History of Political Thought, Review of Politics, the U.S. Naval War College Review, and the Journal of the History of Ideas.

Areas of Expertise

  • Europe

Professional Highlights


Joined the Naval War College

Joined the faculty of the Strategy and Policy Department as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow.

Completed Ph.D.

Completed Ph.D at the University of Chicago.

M.A., The Committee on Social Thought

Received Master's Degree from the University of Chicago.


Ph.D., University of Chicago

M.A., University of Chicago

A.B., Princeton University

C.V. or Resume

Research Contributions and Publications

“The Wise Adviser Trap: Catastrophic Decision-Making in Herodotus and Thucydides.”
Co-authored with Emma Lunbeck
Journal of the History of Ideas, 84, no. 3 (July 2023): 417-439

"Machiavelli's Rhetoric of Provocation: the Examples of Fabius and Scipio."
History of Political Thought XLII, no. 1 (Spring 2021): 23-40

Book Review: “Paul A. Rahe: Sparta's Second Attic War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 446-418 B.C.”
The Review of Politics 83, no. 2 (Spring 2021)

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