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Adjunct Professor

Tim McCranor


  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Ideologies
  • Public Diplomacy

Professional Experience

Timothy McCranor graduated from IWP with an M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs in 2012, prior to which he spent nearly two years in Yemen studying Arabic. Upon graduating from IWP as the Salutatorian, he worked as a Strategic Communications Analyst/Arabic Linguist for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)/Leidos in Vienna, VA. Tim also served as an Open-Source Analyst/Arabic Translator for C-LEVEL Maritime Risks, a private sector risk consultancy specializing in analyzing and forecasting the Somali piracy business model.

Thanks to his studies at IWP, Tim decided to pursue a Ph.D. in political science at Boston College, where his primary field of study was political philosophy, especially the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Hannah Arendt. While at Boston College, Tim was awarded multiple teaching grants to incorporate technology and simulations in the classroom, and to write a brief manual on social science methodology for undergraduate students writing a thesis.

In 2018-2019, Tim was awarded a grant by the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation to study in Munich, Germany with Heinrich Meier. In 2021, he was invited by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History to participate in its Summer Institute on “Civic Education and the American Republic.”

In addition to his responsibilities at IWP, Tim is currently researching Clausewitz’s understanding of the use and study of history as presented in Book II of On War for the Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy Project, as well as working on a new translation of Alfarabi’s Virtuous City with Charles E. Butterworth and David M. DiPasquale.

Tim resides in Maryland with his wife, Cassandra, and son, Teddy.


  • B.S., Sacred Heart University, 2005
  • M.A., The Institute of World Politics, 2012
  • Ph.D., Boston College, 2021


Honors and Awards

  • Scholar, The Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy Project, 2021-2022
  • Fellow, Summer Institute on Civic Education and the American Republic, Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History, 2021
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Grant, Boston College, 2019-2020
  • Dean of Summer Session Teaching Fellowship, Boston College, 2019
  • Dissertation Grant, Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, Munich, Germany, 2018-2019
  • Institute for Qualitative & Multi-method Research (IQMR) Fellowship, Syracuse University, 2018
  • Academic Technology Innovation Grant, Boston College (with Kathleen Bailey), 2017-2019
  • Teaching, Advising, and Mentoring Grant, Boston College, 2017-2018
  • Exploratory Technology Grant, Boston College (with Kathleen Bailey), 2016
  • Behrakis Prize for Outstanding Essay in Hellenic Political Thought, Boston College, 2016
  • Ernest Fortin Memorial Foundation and Bradley Summer Grant, 2015-2019
  • T.W. Smith Foundation Fellowship, Boston College, 2014
  • Harold and Maria Ransburg American Patriot Scholarship, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, 2009