About the Director

Sean Kay, Ph.D.

Sean Kay, Ph.D.

The Arneson Institute is directed by Sean Kay, Ph.D., Robson Professor of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University; he also directs the International Studies major and minor. Professor Kay is an associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University and a non-Resident Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute. He has had an extensive career in both the theory and practice of public policy, advising government officials and political campaigns, and working closely with think tanks in the United States and globally on identifying and generating practical solutions to contemporary national and global challenges. He is a frequent commentator in national media on American foreign policy and international issues and is the author of four books and three co-edited books in addition to journal articles, public policy studies, and major newspaper opinion pieces.


Dr. Sean Kay is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University specializing in international politics, international security, international organizations, and U.S. foreign and defense policy. He is also the Director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the International Studies Program. Sean Kay is a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C. specializing in international security.

Sean Kay has held positions as Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (U.S. Department of Defense), instructor in the Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; worked on the International Secretariat of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels and been a Visiting Scholar at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Relations, University of British Columbia in Vancouver Visiting Research Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland, and Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In the U.S. Department of Defense, Sean Kay worked on policy and analysis dealing with NATO enlargement, the Balkans, NATO’s internal transformation, and U.S.-Russia relations. He was also an advisor to the Department of State on NATO enlargement. He received his Ph.D., dissertation with honors, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in international relations. He has been a post-graduate student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and holds an M.A. degree in International/Strategic Studies from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; and M.A./B.A. degrees from Kent State University.