David E. Banks


I am a full-time term faculty member at American University’s School of International Service (AU-SIS) where I teach BA and MA courses on topics such as Great Power Politics, Global History, Diplomatic Practice, and International Security.

Much of my research focuses on how diplomatic practice and institutions have evolved over time, how they have contributed to international order or disorder, and how and when they empower or constrain states’ activities. Empirically, much of my work analyzes the evolution and transformation of International Society, and especially the politics and position of European and non-European polities from the 18th to the 20th century.

I have been published in a variety of sources including International Studies Quarterly, as well as media outlets including The Washington Post, Time, The Independent, Chicago Tribune, Navy Times, US World News & Report, and have appeared on BBC News.

I received my PhD from George Washington University in 2015.