Homepage for Fred Chernoff

Harvey Picker Professor of International Relations
Director, Program in International Relations

 Tel: 1-315-228-7259 /  Fax: 1-315-228-7883 /  Email: fchernoff@colgate.edu

   Research Interests

    International Relations Theory

     Security Studies

     Nuclear Proliferation and Counter-proliferation

     Philosophy of Social Science



    A.B. (Philosophy) Rutgers University, Camden

     M.A. (International Relations) Yale University

     M.Phil. (Political Science) Yale University

     Ph.D. (Philosophy) The Johns Hopkins University

                                                              Ph.D. (Political Science) Yale University

                       Explanation and Progress in Security Studies (Stanford University Press, 2014)
 Theory and Metatheory in International Relations (New York: Palgrave, 2007)
                      Farsi Language edition
                      Alireza Tayeb, trans. (Teheran: Nashr-e Ney, 2009)   http://www.ibna.ir/vdceof8n.jh8evik1bj.html

 The Power of International Theory (London: Routledge 2005)


 After Bipolarity (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1995)
 Arms Control and the Arms Race, coedited with Bruce Russett- (San Francisco: Freeman 1985)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

"Causal Argument in IR: Regularity, Singular Cause, and Inefficient Cause." Qualitative and Multi-Method Research v. 12 n. 2 (2014).


"Science Progress and Pluralism in the Study of International Relations," Millennium: Journal of International Studiesv. 42, n. 2 (2013): 436-66.

"Social Enquiry, Science, and the Study of International Relations," Millennium: Journal of International Studies. vol. 41, 2 (January 2013):  346-366.

"The Impact of Duhemian Principles on Social Science Testing and Progress," in Harold Kincaid (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

"Hypothesis Testing and the Duhem Problem." In Oxford Handbook of Social ScienceEdited by Harold Kincaid.  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).


"Research agenda for the interdisciplinary study of global and regional problems." In Global and Regional Problems: towards an  Interdisciplinary StudyEdited by Pami Aalto, Vilho Harle and Sami Moisio (London: Ashgate, 2011).


"Defending Foundations for International Relations Theory," International Theory v. 1, n. 3 (2009):466-7.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

"The Ontological Fallacy: A Rejoinder on the Role of Scientific Realism in International Relations," Review of International Studies v. 35 n.2 (2009): 371-95. 


"Conventionalism as an Adequate Basis for Policy-Relevant IR Theory," European Journal of International Relations  v 15 n. 1 (March 2009): 157-94.


"Political Science and Peace Focus," Oxford Encyclopedia of PeaceEdited by Nigel Young.  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).


"International Relations, Paleontology and Scientific Progress: Parallels between Democratic Peace Studies and the Meteor-Extinction Hypothesis.’  International Studies Perspectives v.9, n.2 (May 2008): 90-98


"Methodological Pluralism and The Limits of Naturalism in the Study of Politics." In Theory

      and Evidence.  Edited by Richard Ned Lebow and Mark Lichbach (New York: Palgrave, 2007).



"Scientific Realism, Critical Realism, and International Relations Theory," Millennium: Journal

      of International Studies 35 (March 2007): 402-408.



"The Study of Democratic Peace and Progress in International Relations," International Studies Review v. 4 n. 3 (April 2004).  



"Scientific Realism as a Meta-Theory of International Relations," International Studies Quarterly v. 46 n. 2 (June 2002): 189-207.



"International Security Organizations," Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Copenhagen:  

        UNESCO and Danish Institute of International Affairs: 2000).


"Arms Control, European Security and the Future of the Western Alliance," Strategic Review

     v. 20, n. 1 (Winter 1992).


 "Can NATO Outlive the USSR?: The Decline of the Military Threat and the Foundations of

     the Atlantic Alliance," International Relations v. 11, n. 1 (March 1992).


"Ending the Cold War: The Impact of the US Military Buildup on the Soviet Retreat,"

     International Affairs - Chatham House (January 1991). (download pdf)


"Start or Finish? Crossroads in U.S. Strategic Policy," Defense Analysis v. 6, n. 3 (Sept 1990).


"Fundamental Deterrence and Mutual Security Beyond START." Coauthored with Jan Kalicki

     and Eric Mlyn (USA) and Sergei Federenko, Andrei Kortunov and Alexander Pisarev

     (USSR) in  Mutual Security: a New Approach to Soviet-American Relations,

     Edited by Richard Smoke and Andrei Kortunov (New York: St. Martin's, 1990).


"Stability and Alliance Coherence: The Effects of Minimum Deterrence on Targeting and

     Extended Deterrence," Journal of Conflict Resolution v. 34, n. 1 (March 1990).


"Improving Conventional Stability in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges for the Bush

     Administration," International Relations v. 9, n. 5 (May 1989).


"Negotiating Security and Disarmament in Europe," International Affairs - Chatham House

     v. 60, n. 3 (Summer 1984).


The Soviet Media and Prospects for Arms Control. Oslo: Norwegian Institute for

    International Affairs, 1982 NUPI/n. 280.


"Leibniz's Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles," The Philosophical Quarterly v. 31 n. 123 (April 1981).


        Reprinted in Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Critical Assessments Volume 3, Philosophy

        of Science, Logic, and Language.  Edited by Roger S. Woolhouse (London and New York:

        Routledge, 1994).



"The Obstinance of Evil," Mind v. 89 n. 354 (April 1980).



"Goldman on Epistemic Conjunction," Analysis v.30 n. 1 (January 1980).


Academic Appointments


Colgate University, Harvey Picker Professor of International Relations 2007-present

                                          Department of Political Science 1986-present

                                          Chair, Department of Political Science 2009-11

Yale University, Visiting Professor of Political Science Spring 2009

Brown University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Wesleyan University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, Autumn 1984

Yale University Acting Instructor, 1985

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Visiting Instructor, Spring 1979


Research Appointments


Watson Institute, Brown University

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Rand Corporation

International Institute of Strategic Studies



International Studies Association

American Political Science Association

Kaiser Fraser Owners Club

Colgate University Club Baseball Team

International Jack Benny Fan Club

Empire United Fencing Club


Interests: Agility training with partner, Monty the Dog


                                                                  (Monty's Full competition record below)







Below is Monty's full agility record to date, preceded by photographs of his cousin Festiniog Say Goodnight Gracie, his uncle Royal Mark Patrick and his aunt, Royal Mark Lady Lydia



Gracie Starts Her Training 

A Patriotic Moment as Gracie Celebrates the Fourth
Monty assists in lecture                                              Gracie "bones" up on her Einstein
Royal Mark Patrick...                  Known in Hip-Hop circles as "Da Grand Bunnymaster P"
His sister, Royal Mark Lydia

  MiaMaria, helpful as always, at the editing desk

               Monty practicing doing what he does best                                           The "Red Rocket"
                                                                                                   Below: Monty flies to a second place finish*
     Below: Monty's First Course Completion                                             (later revoked)

        Susque Nango 26 August 2006                                                 Mayflower 12 June 2007 


 *Qualification and second place revoked -- a travesty of justice -- because Monty was entered in a

HIGHER jump height class than he should have been... the AKC changed the height class for dogs his size

since his previous competition.  He ran a course with bars higher than he should have, based on the new rules.

 Below: We display Monty's prize*                            Below: Monty basks in his Second Place ribbon*
 Above: Monty shows them all the stuff he's made of  in          Monty finishes second, with a "clean run" -- no faults

his very next trial after his trauma of the revoked ribbons      at the largest AKC event of the year.

--- with a first place finish and a perfect run (score =100) ,

5 August 2007 at the Central New York Shetland

Sheepdog Club Trials.  It was the fastest time in his class

or the next class above him.

                      Complete agility trials record of Royal Mark Montmorency J Littledog, JNP  


      DATE           CLUB        Time  
14 June 2006 Mayflower Welsh Corgi Club  Did not complete course    
26 August 2006  Susque Nango Kennel Club Two refusals  61 seconds  
12 June 2007 Mayflower Corgi Club  Two refusals  45 seconds Qualifying Run / 2d Place*
4 August 2007 Central New York Shetland Sheep Dog Club NQ did not qualify   NQ
5 August 2007 Central New York Shetland Sheep Dog Club  clean run 36 seconds  Qualifying Run/First Place!
24 Sept 2007 PWCCA  two faults   NQ
25 Sept 2007 PWCCA  fault   NQ
2 Nov 2007  Southern Adirondack Dog Agility Club --  W, R 56 seconds Non AKC event
23 Nov 2007 Talcott Mountain Agility Club  did not complete course     NT
24 Nov 2007 Berkshire Belgian Tervuren Club  clean run 37.10 seconds Second Place,       Qualifying run
30 Feb 2008  Delaware Cty Kennel Club      NQ
1 March 2008  Delaware Cty Kennel Club  clean run 39.5 seconds Qualifying Run              First Place              Title: Novice Jumpers Preferred
 9 June 2008 Mayflower Welsh Corgi Club   Fault - Missed final jump   NQ
10 June 2008 Mayflower Welsh Corgi Club  Monty elects not to run the course - 95 degree heat   NQ
28 February 2009 Southern Adirondack Agility Club Monty completes course   NQ
1 March 2009 Southern Adirondack Agility Club Incomplete   NQ
25 April 2009 Mid Hudson Kennel Ass'n Completes 6 Obstacles   NQ
10 June 2009 Mayflower Welsh Corgi Club Incomplete  R R F NQ