2022 World Affairs Council of the Year
Network of Independent World Affairs Councils of America

Dr. Susan Haynes, PhD

Professor of Political Science, Lipscomb University

Susan Turner Haynes joined Lipscomb University as an assistant professor in 2015. Prior to her doctorate, Haynes was selected as a Public Policy and Nuclear Threat (PPNT) fellow at the University of California, San Diego. Haynes research specializes in Chinese nuclear strategy (Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics is Transforming China’s Weapons Modernization, 2016).

In addition, Haynes has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Asian Perspectives, Asian Security, PS: Political Science and Politics, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Nonproliferation Review, and Comparative Strategy. She has also authored chapters in the Ashgate Research Companion on Chinese Foreign Policy, and has a chapter in the forthcoming Routledge volume on Nuclear Modernization. Haynes has been invited to present her research at the Department of Defense Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group and at the Air War College. Haynes is a member of the International Studies Association and American Political Science Association and serves as a board member for the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC). She serves as sponsor of the Lipscomb Model UN club and co-sponsor of the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.

Selected Publications:

  • “Acrimony and Asymmetry: Sino-Indian Nuclear Relations,” The Nonproliferation Review (Forthcoming Fall 2019)
  • “Power Play: A Game Illustrating Power Transition in Authoritarian Regimes.” PS: Politics and Political Science (Forthcoming Fall 2019)
  • “The Power of Prestige: Explaining China’s Nuclear Weapons Decisions,” Asian Security Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer 2018).
  • “Dragon in the Room: Disarmament’s Missing Player,” Strategic Studies Quarterly Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 2018): 25-47.
  • Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics is Transforming China’s Weapons Modernization (Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, An Imprint of University of Nebraska Press, 2016).
  • “China’s Nuclear Threat Perceptions,” Strategic Studies Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 2 (Summer 2016).

Courses taught:

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights, Liberties, and the Constitution
  • International Security
  • Terrorism in the Modern World
  • Comparative Politics
  • Chinese Politics
  • African Politics
  • Research Methods
  • International Law

Ph.D., Political Science, George Mason University
M.A., Political Science, George Mason University
B.A., Political Science, University of Tennessee