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John Mueller is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a member of the political science department and Senior Research Scientist with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University. He is a leading expert on terrorism and particularly on the reactions (or over-reactions) it often inspires. He is the co-author (with Mark G. Stewart) of the book, Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism, which was published in October 2015. His previous book, Terror, Security and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits and Costs of Homeland Security (also with Mark G. Stewart) was published in September 2011 by Oxford University Press. Other books from Mueller include Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them (Free Press, 2006) and Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda (Oxford, 2010).

Mueller is also the author of a multiple-prize-winning book analyzing public opinion during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, War, Presidents and Public Opinion and of Retreat from Doomsday: The Obsolescence of Major War, which deals with changing attitudes toward war. Mueller’s book about international and civil wars, The Remnants of War (Cornell University Press, 2004) was awarded the Lepgold Prize for the best book on international relations in 2004. Mueller has published scores of articles in such journals as International Security, American Political Science Review, American Interest, Security Studies, Orbis, American Journal of Political Science, National Interest, Foreign Affairs, and many others. He has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

He previously was on the faculty at the University of Rochester. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also received several teaching prizes.

More from John Mueller


Cato Studies

Responsible Counterterrorism Policy

Policy Analysis No. 755. September 10, 2014.

The Atomic Terrorist?

Nuclear Proliferation Update No. 5. January 31, 2010.


Evaluating Counterterrorism Spending

Journal of Economic Perspectives. Vol. 28. No. 3. Summer 2014.

Did History End? Democracy, Capitalism, Nationalism, Religion, Ideas, and Boredom since 1989

International Security Studies Forum. No. 29. June 2, 2014.

Did History End? Assessing the Fukuyama Thesis

Political Science Quartley. Vol. 129. No. 1. Spring 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Book Review: Permanent Emergency

Regulation. Winter 2012-2013.

Capitalism, Peace, and the Historical Movement of Ideas

Policy Report. March/April 2012.

A False Sense of Insecurity

Regulation. Fall 2004.