Faculty

Deborah Larson

Professor

Contact Information

Email    dlarson@polisci.ucla.edu
Office  4355 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 267-5411
Deborah Larson draws upon historical, psychological, and political evidence to understand foreign policy decision-making. Her professorship in the Department is supported by the International Studies and Overseas Programs administration at UCLA. Professor Larson's first book, Origins of Containment (Princeton), traces the development of Cold War belief systems by studying postwar U.S. policymakers from a cognitive psychological perspective. Anatomy of Mistrust (Cornell) considers game theory, exchange theory, and bargaining theory to explain how mistrust prevented the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. from reaching agreements in the early Cold War. She is currently developing a framework for evaluating the quality of political judgments in the profoundly uncertain international environment. Professor Larson teaches a graduate seminar on the making of American foreign policy, and offers undergraduates lectures on foreign policy and peace and war. She serves on the editorial boards of International Studies Quarterly and International Interactions.

Office Hours

Mondays 1-2pm, Tuesdays 10-11am

Degrees

Stanford University, 1982

Fields of Study

International Relations

Current Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: International Relations

Honors Research in Political Science

Directed Research in Political Science

2017 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: International Relations

2016 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2015 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2015 Spring Quarter

United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Multinational Cooperation, Human Rights, and International Order

Peace and War

Seminar: Strategic Interaction

2015 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2014 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

Individual Studies for USIE Facilitators

2014 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

Selected Topics in International Relations

2014 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2013 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2013 Summer Session

World Politics

2013 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

Seminar: Strategic Interaction

2013 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2012 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2012 Summer Session

World Politics

2012 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

Selected Topics in International Relations

2011 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2011 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

2010 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2010 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

Selected Topics in International Relations

2010 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2009 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of U.S.

2009 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

2008 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Seminar: Strategic Interaction

2008 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

Selected Topics in International Relations

2008 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Making of American Foreign Policy

2007 Spring Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Selected Topics in International Relations

2007 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Seminar: Strategic Interaction

2005 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2004 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Making of American Foreign Policy

Teaching Political Science

2004 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Advanced Honors Seminars

2003 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Seminar: Strategic Interaction

Teaching Political Science

2003 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2002 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

The Making of American Foreign Policy

Teaching Political Science

2002 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2001 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2001 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

2001 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2000 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2000 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

2000 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

1999 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

1999 Spring Quarter

Peace and War

1999 Winter Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

1998 Fall Quarter

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

The Making of American Foreign Policy

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

POL SCI 191B
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: International Relations

2016 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 126
Peace and War

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 120A
Foreign Relations of U.S.

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 88S
United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Multinational Cooperation, Human Rights, and International Order

2015 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 222
Seminar: Strategic Interaction

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 188SA
Individual Studies for USIE Facilitators

2014 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 239
Selected Topics in International Relations

2014 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 20
World Politics

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

POL SCI 120A
Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 226
Making of American Foreign Policy

2008 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 120
Foreign Relations of the U.S.

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 495
Teaching Political Science

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

POL SCI C226
Making of American Foreign Policy

2004 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2004 Winter Quarter

POL SCI C226
The Making of American Foreign Policy

2002 Fall Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 126

1998 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 120

1998 Winter Quarter

1997 Fall Quarter