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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Curriculum Vitae Personal Website
Silsby 207
HB 6108
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
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)

“The Once and Future Superpower: Why China Won’t Overtake the United States” Foreign Affairs March-April 2016, 91-104.  (with S.G. Brooks)

"The Rise and Fall of Great Powers in the 21st Century: China’s Rise and the Fate of America’s Global Position,” International Security 40, No. 3 (Winter 2015-16), pp. 7-53. With S. G. Brooks.

“Nation Building Through War,” American Political Science Review Vol. 109, No. 2 May 2015, 279-296. with Nicholas Sambanis and Stergios Skaperdas.

Status in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014) edited with T.V. Paul and Deborah Larson)

“Lean Forward: In Defense of American Engagement,” Foreign Affairs Jan-Feb 2013, pp. 130-142.  With S.G. Brooks and G. J. Ikenberry.

“Don’t Come Home, America: The Case Against Retrenchment,” International Security 37/3 (Winter 2012-13): 7-51.  With S.G. Brooks and G. J. Ikenberry.

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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.