Doctoral Research

I am interested in the intersection between domestic American politics, American public opinion, and the use of US military force abroad. I also study how concerns over status, or primacy anxiety, motivates some American leaders and members of the public’s foreign policy preferences.

From Lyndon Johnson’s decision to introduce ground troops into Vietnam in 1965 to perform offensive missions to Barack Obama’s red line in Syria, my research broadly focuses on the politics of the decisions at home that influence the outcomes abroad.

I study public opinion on US foreign policy at two levels: how individuals formulate their attitudes towards a particular area (i.e. foreign aid, international trade, military interventions, etc.) and how and when those attitudes do/do not translate into policy.

Assorted Writings

Schulman, Jonathan. 2021. “Young Republicans split from Trump and GOP elders on US foreign policy: 3 charts.” The Conversation. February 12, 2021.

Schulman, Jonathan. 2020. “Americans’ Support for Trade and Intervention Abroad Depends on Which Country Is Involved.” USAPP (blog). September 7, 2020.

Jonathan Schulman. Review of Desch, Michael C., Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security. H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews. August, 2019. URL:

Undergraduate Research

Thesis: “Second-World Competition in Vietnam: Analyzing the Implications of the Vietnam War on Sino-Soviet Relations” [.pdf] [abstract]. Presented research at the 2018 Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

Virginia Hull Scholar of World War II: Studied the respective experiences and subsequent historiography of World War II comparatively in London, Normandy, Paris, Krakow, and Berlin. 2017. [blog]

Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Ohio State University Department of Communication: Aided in developing experimental stimulus material, administered data collection research sessions, interacted with research participants, and coded videotaped media use behavior with empirically established reliability of coding. Presented research at the 2017 Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.