Brian Rathbun received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and has taught at USC since 2008. He has written five solo-authored books, on humanitarian intervention, multilateral institution building, diplomacy, rationality and morality. His articles have appeared in International Organization, International Security, World Politics, International Studies Quartlery, the Journal of Politics, Security Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, International Theory, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution among others. He is the recipient of the 2009 USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Award. In 2019 he was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar by the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association. His book, Diplomacy's Value (Cornell University Press 2014) won the same section's inaugural book award. His most recent book, Reasoning of State (Cambridge University Press 2019) won the 2018-2020 best book award from the Foreign Policy section of the American Political Science Association. In his free time, he rescues kittens from trees.