University Profiles

Christopher Ferrero

Christopher J. Ferrero, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar

School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Dr. Ferrero specializes in Iran and Middle East politics and security.

Dr. Ferrero is former visiting professor and current visiting scholar at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He completed his PhD in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia in December 2011. His dissertation, entitled "The Iran Narrative: Ideas, Discourse, and Domestic Politics in the Making of US Foreign Policy toward Iran, 1990-2003," examines the extent to which popular American characterizations of Iran as a fanatical terrorist state have constrained presidents from more vigorously pursuing engagement with the Islamic Republic. 

Dr. Ferrero's overall research agenda is comprised of three interwoven threads: conflict resolution, international security, and foreign policy. Geographically, he focuses on the Middle East, with special attention to Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process, and American/NATO involvement and relationships in the region. His work examines the practical, technical, and ideational dimensions of these issue-areas. Dr. Ferrero embraces methodological and theoretical pluralism; he uses theory as a means, not an end, and seeks to generate policy-relevant knowledge. 

Dr. Ferrero's most recent scholarly publication presents a modified two-state framework for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. A 2+1 solution would see the establishment of a State of Palestine in the West Bank only, with the accession of Gaza delayed until the reform or demise of Hamas. Dr. Ferrero also continues to closely follow developments in Iraq, Syria, and Iran, with an eye toward assessing and developing solutions to the region’s vexing conflicts. In June 2014, Dr. Ferrero delivered a lecture on Iran and Gulf Security at the National Defense University in Warsaw, Poland.  

Additionally, Dr. Ferrero brings to bear extensive knowledge of arms control, WMD proliferation, and missile defense programs and systems gained over four years as an intelligence analyst with the Departments of State and Defense. 

Since joining the School of Diplomacy in Fall 2011, Dr. Ferrero has taught graduate courses on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, International Relations Theory, and US Foreign Policy and undergraduate courses in Comparative Foreign Policy, International Political Economy, US Involvement in the Middle East, and Introduction to Comparative Politics. 

View more of Dr. Ferrero’s work via the links below.  


  • Ph.D., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
  • M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown University
  • B.A., Political Science, Villanova University

Academic Distinctions

Nominee, Teacher of the Year Award, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, AY 2012-2013.


Office Phone
(703) 304-9376


Office Location
Room 119
McQuaid Hall


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