Robert L. Stone, Ph.D.

Fellow Strategy and Policy Department
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Robert Stone is a post-doctoral teaching and research fellow in the Strategy and Policy Department. He earned a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where he taught courses on the history of political thought. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University in political theory, with a subfield concentration in international relations. His dissertation, which he is currently revising into a book manuscript, looks at Thucydides’ account of the psychology of democratic decision making during the Peloponnesian War. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in History of Political Thought, Review of Politics, and Journal of the History of Ideas.

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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

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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, forthcoming

"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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