Author profile: Luke M. Herrington

Dr. Luke M. Herrington is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Ft. Leavenworth. A political scientist and international relations scholar by training, he received his PhD from the University of Kansas. His research and teaching interests focus on political violence and extremism, religion in comparative and international politics, theories of great power conflict, and the role of various beliefs and attitudes (e.g., tolerance) in political life and development. His most recent work explores the negative impact of conspiracy theory on American national security.

Opinions, conclusions, and recommendations expressed or implied are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or any other U.S. government agency.

Pop Culture to Conspiracy: Star Trek and the Nimitz ‘Tic Tac’ Case in the Context of Congressional UAP Hearings

Luke M. Herrington • Aug 14 2023 • Articles

The fact that events portrayed in fiction could be so easily and uncritically confused for events that really transpired raises questions.

Probing the Intersection of Religion, Gender, and Political Violence

Luke M. Herrington • Nov 8 2022 • Articles

Research will make little progress if gendered violence targeted at religious minorities cannot be meaningfully distinguished from religiously motivated violence targeted at women or sexual minorities.

Syria and the Hegemon’s Dilemma: Ontological Insecurity vs. Imperial Overstretch

Luke M. Herrington • Sep 10 2013 • Articles

John Kerry may be right that war fatigue is no excuse for inaction in Syria, but imperial overstretch and hegemonic decline very well may be.

Review – Ontological Security in International Relations

Luke M. Herrington • Jul 27 2013 • Features

Steele’s well-researched book convincingly appends the field’s more materialist notions of security, but the merits lie as much with its novel conclusions as they do with the ideas it inspires.

Gendering Computers in Science Fiction: What Gives?

Luke M. Herrington • Jun 22 2013 • Articles

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to know why female computer voices always announce self-destruct sequences. The answer might be found in IR’s approach to feminism.

Beyond Boston: Conspiracy Theories and International Relations

Luke M. Herrington • Apr 16 2013 • Articles

Though the smoke from Boston has hardly cleared, conspiracy theories about a “false flag attack” are already proliferating. It is now time for IR scholars to study conspiracy theories seriously.

Review – Ill-gotten Money and the Economy

Luke M. Herrington • Nov 7 2012 • Features

Yikona et al. examine the efforts and effectiveness of Namibia and Malawi in fighting against money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and corruption. Their brevity makes for a very fast, and engaging, read.

Marijuana Legalization: Panacea in the War on Drugs or Stoners Blowing Smoke?

Luke M. Herrington • Aug 24 2012 • Essays

Marijuana legalization has the potential to undermine drug cartels, and should therefore function as part of an overarching strategy designed to eliminate both the cartels and the drug trade.

Review – The Future of Power

Luke M. Herrington • May 24 2012 • Features

Nye offers an intriguing analysis of the changing nature of power and how new geopolitical and economic trends will alter world politics in the coming years.

Review – Religions of the Silk Road

Luke M. Herrington • Apr 18 2012 • Features

Foltz’s Religions of the Silk Road uniquely considers the histories of Central Asia, globalization, trans-Eurasian trade, and religion through a broad interdisciplinary lens.

Review – Unanswered Threats

Luke M. Herrington • Mar 19 2012 • Features

In Unanswered Threats, Randall Schweller challenges preconceptions about the prevalence of balancing behavior in international relations.

U.S. Legislation Could Shut Down the Internet

Luke M. Herrington • Jan 19 2012 • Articles

Hopefully, Congress will come to its senses and PIPA and SOPA will be defeated. If not, President Obama should announce his intentions to veto both, and the White House should announce a plan to tackle the very real issues of online piracy and intellectual property theft.

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