William C. Wohlforth

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Government

  • Daniel Webster Professor

A member of the Government Department’s faculty since 2000, I teach and conduct research on international relations, with an emphasis on international security and foreign policy. Before coming here, I taught at Princeton and Georgetown. I graduated with a degree in international relations from Beloit College, worked as a legislative aid in the U.S. House of Representatives and did my graduate work at Yale University, earning an MA in interntional relations and PhD in Political Science. My personal website has all the details on current research and teaching.

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  • B.A. Beloit College
  • M.A. Yale University
  • M.Phil. Yale University
  • Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

  • The Oxford Handbook of International Security (Oxford: forthcoming January 2018), edited, with Alexndra Gheciu

  • “An Abiding Antagonism: realism, idealism, and the mirage of US-Russian partnership in the end of the Cold War” (with Vladislav Zubok),  International Politics (published online May 2017).

  • Is US Grand Strategy Self Defeating? Deep Engagement, Military Spending and Sovereign Debt,” with Carla Norrlof.  Forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science (published online November 2016)

  • America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2016) (with S. G. Brooks)

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Works In Progress

  • “From raison d’état to raison d’hégémon: the costs and benefits of hegemony” with Carla Norrlof, under review.


  • “External Intervention, Identity, and Civil War” with Skaperdas and Sambanis, under review.

  •  “Money and Power Revisited: Military Power, Deep Engagement, and Global Finance,” with Carla Norrlof.

  • "The Social Dimension of Status and Its Limits: Good States and Moral Authority in International Relations" with B de Carvhalo, I.B. Neumann and H. Leira, under review.