Seth Cantey Associate Professor of Politics

Seth Cantey

Huntley 302
Curriculum Vitae

Seth Cantey teaches courses on global politics, Middle East politics, intelligence, terrorism, and American foreign policy. He is a core faculty member of the Middle East and South Asian Studies (MESA) program and the faculty advisor to The Political Review, Washington and Lee’s undergraduate politics journal. His work is published or forthcoming in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; Parameters; Media, War & Conflict; Journal of Intelligence History; various edited volumes; and outlets for broader consumption like USA Today and the Huffington Post. He has received funding for language training, course development, and research from The US Department of Education, The Mellon Foundation, and The Bradley Foundation, as well as support for teaching and professional workshops from The Council on Foreign Relations, NATO, The US German Marshall Fund, and several US universities. Before joining Washington and Lee, Seth earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science, and a graduate certificate in Middle East Studies, from Duke. He also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Bucknell. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Arabic and Portuguese.


Ph.D. in Political Science, Duke University (2014)

M.A. in Political Science, Duke University (2011)

M.A. in Latin American Studies, Georgetown University (2008)

B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, Bucknell University (2003)


Middle East and Latin American Politics, Negotiation, American Foreign Policy, Terrorism


Global Politics, Middle East Politics, American Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Intelligence