Stephen Ceccoli

Stephen Ceccoli

Professor of International Studies, Chair of Political Economy

Professor Ceccoli′s CV

Professor Stephen Ceccoli is the P.K. Seidman Professor of Political Economy.  He has been teaching at Rhodes since 1998, where he teaches courses mainly on international relations and comparative politics.  His regular course offerings also include international relations theory, international political economy, and senior seminar.  Professor Ceccoli also regularly leads a summer group study program in Tianjin and Nanjing, China.  He has also taught English for a number of years during the summer at Tianjin, Normal University.  He received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching at Rhodes College in 2005.

Professor Ceccoli is primarily interested in conducting academic research on comparative public opinion, health policy, public attitudes toward health policy questions, regulatory politics, and public attitudes toward regulatory issues.  He is the author of the book, Pill Politics, which examines regulatory drug approval in the United States.  Professor Ceccoli has recently authored a number of articles on public attitudes toward issues such the use of genetically modified foods, the direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines, and federal organ procurement policy.  He has also published worked explaining attitudes toward welfare policy, economic inequality, economic privatization, and trade liberalization. 

Professor Ceccoli is involved in a variety of work on and off the Rhodes campus.  He is a former participant in the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program, where he served for a year working in Washington, DC on the staff of Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln (D-AR).  He is also a regular reviewer for a number of academic journals and academic book publishers.  On the Rhodes campus, he has worked closely with students preparing for and returning from study abroad as well as students participating in local and international internships.  He has also served on a variety of faculty committees, including the Faculty Governance Committee, the Faculty Professional Interest Committee, the Faculty Committee on Information and Technology, as well as serving as a faculty representative on the Board of Trustees.  Professor Ceccoli also spent a few years serving as the Faculty Fellow for International Programs as appointed by the Dean of the College where he promoted the internationalization of the Rhodes campus.  In 2010, he received the Jameson Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. 


Pill Politics: Drugs and the FDA. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2004.

E. Petridou, N. Zahariadis, & S. Ceccoli. (2020) Averting Institutional Disasters? European Policy Analysis. 6: 318-327.

Ceccoli, Stephen. (2019). 'The Language We Use Matters': Streams, Narratives and the Obama Administration Drone Strike Program in Yemen. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 48(3): 498-526. 

Ceccoli, Stephen and Matthew Crosston. (2018). Diffusion and Policy Transfer in Armed UAV Proliferation: The Cases of Italy and Germany. Policy Studies. 40(2): 111-130. 

Ceccoli, Stephen and John Bing. (2018). Taking the Lead? Transatlantic Attitudes toward Lethal Drone Strikes. Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 16(3):247-271.

Ceccoli, Stephen. (2018). Explaining Attitudes Toward U.S. Energy Extraction: Offshore Drilling, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and Hydraulic Fracturing. Social Science Quarterly. 99(2): 644-664.

Ceccoli, Stephen, Han Li and Gao Jiayong. (2017). Experiencing China through a ‘Wide-Angle Lens’: Observation, Participation, Reflection. Education About Asia. 22(3):64-66.

“Setting the Record Straight On Cordell Hull,” The Tennessean,  March  10, 2017 

Ceccoli, Stephen & Bing, John. (2015). Explaining Divergent Attitudes Toward Lethal Drone Strikes. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 38:146-166.

Ceccoli, Stephen. (2014). “Drug Labeling” in Brent Steel (ed.), Science and Politics: An A to Z Guide to Issues and Controversies (CQ Press/Sage Books).

Bing, John & Ceccoli, Stephen. (2013). Contending Narratives in China’s African Development. Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXX(2):107-136.

Ceccoli, Stephen & Glean, Roland. (2013). Explaining Individual Level Support for Organ Procurement Policy. The Social Science Journal. Vol. 50(4):426-437.

Ceccoli, Stephen & Klotz, Robert. (2013). Taking Your Medicine? Attitudes toward Direct-to Consumer Advertising (DTCA). The Social Science Journal. Vol. 50(4): 501-509.

“Understanding Attitudes Toward Genetically Modified Foods in the European Union” With William Hixon. International Political Science Review. 2012, Vol. 33, Issue 3:301–319

“The Sources of Pakistani Attitudes toward Religiously Motivated Terrorism” With K. Kaltenthaler, W.  Miller and R. Gelleny, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 33, Issue 9, 2010:815 – 835.

“Explaining Patterns of Support for the Provision of Citizen Welfare” with K. Kaltenthaler,  Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 15, No. 7, October 2008: 1041-1068.

“Attitudes Toward Eliminating Inequality in the European Union” With K. Kaltenthaler and R.  Gelleny. European Union Politics, Vol. 9, June 2008: 217 - 241.

“Explaining Individual-Level Support for Privatization in European Post-Soviet Economies” with A. Michta and K. Kaltenthaler, European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 45, 2006: 1-29.

 “Media Coverage of Drug Approvals” with R. Klotz, Social Science Journal, Vol. 42, 2005: 129-134

“Explaining Citizen Support for Trade Liberalization” with R. Gelleny and K. Kaltenthaler, International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 48, 2004: 829-51.

“Policy Punctuations and Regulatory Drug Review” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 15(2), 2003.

“Divergent Paths to Drug Regulation in the U.S. and U.K.” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 14 (2), 2002.

“Attentiveness to Television News and Opinion Change in the Fall 1992 Presidential Campaign” with M. Joslyn, Political Behavior, 18 (2):141-170, 1996.


1998, Ph.D., Washington University
1994, M.A., Washington University
1990, B.A., Heidelberg College