Doctoral Research

I am interested in the intersection between domestic American politics, American public opinion, and U.S. foreign policy. My dissertation focuses on status anxiety in U.S. foreign policy, applying a mixed-methods approach to evaluate who in the public cares about perceived American global status and why, along with how political leaders seize on this anxiety and how this process affects foreign policy outcomes.

I study public opinion on US foreign policy at two levels: how individuals formulate their attitudes towards a particular area (e.g., foreign aid, international trade, military interventions, etc.) and how and when those attitudes do/do not translate into policy. My work therefore relies on both experimental and survey methods, as well as qualitative and historical ones.

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

My undergraduate studies were in Political Science and International Studies with minors in Russian and History, but I conducted research through the department of history and department of communication.

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.