David J. Traven, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Dr. David Traven

David Traven received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 2013. From 2014-2015 he was a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow in Nuclear Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He has also held visiting positions at Williams College (2015-2016) and Kenyon College (2013-2014). His research interests are in international relations—specifically the law and ethics of armed conflict. His work has appeared in International Studies Review and The Washington Post Blog, “The Monkey Cage.” He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how moral emotions shaped the evolution of the laws of armed conflict.  

 Personal Website: http://davidtraven.weebly.com/

Phone: (657) 278 - 4606

Email:  dtraven@fullerton.edu

Office: GH 541 

Office Hours:
T 12:00 - 3:00 PM  
or by appointment 




  • 2013, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • 2006, M.A. in Philosophy, Ohio State University
  • 2004, B.A., Ohio State University


Research Areas

International relations: law and ethnics of armed conflict.






  • “Moral Cognition and the Law and Ethics of Armed Conflict.” International Studies Review, 17(14), 2015, 556-587.
  • “Acting Rationally Without Really Thinking: The Logic of Rational Intuitionism in IR Theory.” Co-authored with Marcus Holmes (The College of William and Mary). International Studies Review, 17(3), 414-440.
  • “How Many Dead Civilians Make a War Crime? Ask the UN, Israel, and Hamas.” The Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, July 14, 2015.


Works in Progress

  • Law and Sentiment in International Politics: Ethics, Emotions, and the Evolution of the Laws of War. Book Manuscript.
  • “A Moral Revolution in the History of Humankind? The Geneva Conventions, Evasive Sincerity, and the Politics of Nuclear Weapons Use.” Article Manuscript.
  • “Communicating Compliance: The Laws of War and the Politics of U.S. Bombing Practices in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, 1965-1972.” Article Manuscript.