Sean I. Kay

Professor of Politics and Government 

Chair of the International Studies Program


B.A., M.A., Kent State University
M.A., Free University of Brussels
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts


Sean Kay is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan specializing in international politics, international security, international organizations, and U.S. foreign and defense policy.

He also is the Chair of OWU's International Studies Program and a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University.

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; and worked on the International Secretariat of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels.

He also has 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, Kay worked on policy and analysis dealing with NATO enlargement, the Balkans, NATO’s internal transformation, and U.S.-Russia relations. He also was 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), holds an M.A. degree in International/Strategic Studies from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, as well as M.A./B.A. degrees from Kent State University.

Kay is a member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary Security Policy.

In 2005 he was awarded the Bishop Francis Kearns award for outstanding teaching at Ohio Wesleyan University, and he was the first recipient of the rotating Libuse L. Reed Endowed Professorship. 

Publications / Presentations


  • Rockin' the Free World!  How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)
  • America's Search for Security: The Triumph of Idealism and the Return of Realism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)
  • Celtic Revival? The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Global Ireland (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011)
  • Global Security in the 21st Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 and 2010)
  • Limiting Institutions: Security Governance in Eurasia (Manchester University Press, 2003); NATO after 50 Years (Scholarly Resources, 2001)
  • NATO and the Future of European Security (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998)

Book Chapters and Peer-Review Journal Articles

Kay also is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-review journal articles focusing on international relations including the journals Current History, International Politics, European Security, Mediterranean Quarterly, Security Dialogue, Contemporary Security Policy, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and Problems of Post-Communism.

Opinion Columns / Editorials

He has written op-ed pieces for Foreign,, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Washington Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, The Washington Note, Huffington Post, and Defense News.

He is the author of several U.S. government studies and has spoken at numerous scholarly, think-tank, and government/international conferences.

Media Interviews

He has been interviewed by and quoted in major media outlets including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, The Christian Science Monitor, Defense News, Stars and Stripes, The Commercial Appeal, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Akron Beacon Journal, Japan Today, Scripps-Howard, Gulf Times, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Harpers, The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, Reuters, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic, Fortune, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Ohio News Network, WOSU Public Radio, local network affiliates, and national networks and websites.

Contact Info


Elliott Hall #201
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3866