Barbara Farnham is a Senior Reseach Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  She previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University.  Farnham has also lectured at Princeton and Hunter College.  Her current research focuses on threat perception and the impact of domestic politics on foreign policy.

In 2001, Farnham was awarded the Erik H. Erikson Award for Early Career Research Achievement by the International Society of Political Psychology.

Farnham received a Ph.D. from Columbia University.


Roosevelt and the Munich Crisis: A Study of Political Decision-Making (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997).
Roosevelt and the Munich Crisis: A Study in Political Decision-making (Princeton University Press, 1997).
Avoiding Losses/Taking Risks: Prospect Theory and International Conflict (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1994).

Principal Articles

“The Impact of the Political Context on Foreign Policy,” Political Psychology 25, no. 3 (2004): 441.
“The Theory of Democratic Peace and Threat Perception,” International Studies Quarterly 47, no. 3 (2003): 395.
Review of U.S. Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis by David Patrick Houghton,” Political Science Quarterly 117, no. 2 (2002): 337.
Review of Strategic Deception: Rhetoric, Science, and Politics in Missile Defense Advocacy by Gordon R. Mitchell’s, Political Science Quarterly 116, no. 3 (2001): 479.
“Reagan and the Gorbachev Revolution: Perceiving the End of Threat,” Political Science Quarterly 116, no. 2 (2001): 225.

Book Chapters

“Perceiving the End of Threat: Ronald Reagan and the Gorbachev Revolution,” Good Judgment and Foreign Policy, ed. Stanley Renshon and Deborah Larson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).