James Kurth

Swarthmore College


Dr. Kurth is the Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, where he teaches defense policy, foreign policy, and international politics. Professor Kurth received his A.B. in history from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard from 1967 to 1973 and has taught at Swarthmore since 1973. He has been a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; visiting professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego; and visiting professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College, where he was chairman of the Strategy and Campaign Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies and an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group. He is the author of some sixty articles and the editor of two books.