Roseanne McManus

Roseanne McManus

Phone: (646) 312-4421

Location: VC 5-271


Professor Roseanne McManus specializes in the study of international security and US foreign policy. Her primary research interest is in how countries can credibly signal their intentions to each other in the context of ongoing or potential conflict. Much of her research particularly focuses on signaling efforts by the United States. Her first research project investigates the role of statements of resolve in international conflict. Her other ongoing research projects explore how major powers signal support for their protégés and the impact of perceived leader madness in international conflict.

Professor McManus’s book, Statements of Resolve: Achieving Coercive Credibility in International Conflict, was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. She also has articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, International Organization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and International Interactions.

Professor McManus holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. In a previous career, she was a Senior Analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

For more information, including her research and syllabi, please see her website.


The United States in an Age of Globalization (POL 2001)

Capstone Seminar: Nuclear Weapons in International Relations (POL 4900)

Contemporary International Conflict (POL 3345)

Selected Publications


Statements of Resolve: Achieving Coercive Credibility in International Conflict. 2017. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles:

 “Making It Personal: The Role of Leader-Specific Signals in Extended Deterrence.” 2018. Journal of Politics, forthcoming.

 “The Logic of ‘Offstage’ Signaling: Domestic Politics, Regime Type, and Major Power-Protégé Relations.” 2017. International Organization 71(4), forthcoming. (with Keren Yarhi-Milo)

“The Impact of Context on the Ability of Leaders to Signal Resolve.” 2017. International Interactions 43(3):453-479.

“Threats and Assurances in Crisis Bargaining.”  2017. Journal of Conflict Resolution 61(2):325-348. (with Andrew Kydd)

“Fighting Words: The Effectiveness of Statements of Resolve in International Conflict.”  2014.  Journal of Peace Research 51(6):726-740.


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