Jeanne Ruth, PhD


Adjunct Professor of International Relations



PhD, Political Science, St. Louis University, 1984
MA, Public Administration, Auburn University, 1980
JD, Law Degree, St. Louis University, 1975
BA, History/Philosophy, College of St. Mary, 1971

Areas of Interest

International Law
United States National Security
Humanitarian Intervention
Global Diplomacy
American Foreign Policy


Jeanne M. Rueth, JD, PhD is a retired Air Force Colonel who served in the Judge Advocate’s Corps advising all levels of military command on national security issues.   She has been a member of the negotiating team for several international agreements in Europe and deployed during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as senior legal advisor to the war fighting commander in Turkey.  While the Director of International and Operations Law for the Air Staff, she was involved in the development of the Proliferation Security Initiative, spearheaded the Secretary of the Air Force review of all Air Force activities relating to enemy prisoners in the wake of Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and hosted the first Legal Inter-operability Conference which brought eight allied nations together for joint Law of War planning.  As a junior officer, she designed and led the Legal Education and Exchange Program in Central and South America emphasizing democratization, civilian control of the military, the proper relationship between the military and human rights and training of peacekeepers.

Since retiring, she has taught courses including International Law, National Security in an Unstable World, Humanitarian Intervention, Civil-Military Relations and Introduction to International Relations at Webster University, St. Louis University and Washington University.