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Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan

John Ciorciari focuses on international politics and law, particularly in the Global South. His current research focuses primarily on hedging and alignment politics in the Indo-Pacific region and Middle East. He also works on international interventions and international criminal law.

He is the author of "Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States" (Stanford, 2021) and "The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975" (Georgetown, 2010), the co-author of "Hybrid Justice: the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia" (Michigan, 2014), and co-editor of "The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era" (Michigan, 2021), among other works.

He is currently a visiting scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, an Asia Society Fellow, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2004-07, he served as a policy official in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs. Since 1999, he has been a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which promotes historical memory and justice for the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime. He has an AB and JD from Harvard and MPhil and DPhil from Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan