Robert Stone

Assistant Professor of Humanities

Robert Stone will be Assistant Professor of Humanities starting in Fall 2024. He previously taught at the U.S. Naval War College. His research focuses on Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War for insights into strategic culture and democratic decision making. His writings have appeared in numerous journals, including History of Political ThoughtReview of Politics, the U.S. Naval War College Review, and the Journal of the History of Ideas.

Current Project

Stone’s current book project is Rhetoric and the Causes of War: Thucydides and the Challenges of Democratic Decision-Making, a study of the culture of decision-making in democratic Athens. The book makes the case for a reassessment of Thucydides’s War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians not as a realist text which criticizes democracy but as a constructive resource for understanding the intersection of democracy and strategic culture. The political dimensions of the text––which are too often ignored by scholars of international relations––should productively inform the lessons that we derive from it.



  • Ph.D., Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 2022
  • M.A., Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 2018
  • A.B. in Politics (summa cum laude), Princeton University, 2014

Publications - Articles

The Wise Adviser Trap: Catastrophic Decision-Making in Herodotus and Thucydides’ (co-authored with Emma Lunbeck), Journal of the History of Ideas 84 (2023), 417–439.

Machiavelli’s Rhetoric of Provocation: The Examples of Fabius and Scipio’, History of Political Thought, 42 (2021), 23–40.

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