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

  • Sambanis N., S. Skaperdas & W.C., Wohlforth,  “External Intervention, Identity, and Civil War” Comparative Political Studies(forthcoming)

  • Paci., S., Sambanis, N., & W.C. Wohlforth,  “Status-Seeking and Nation-Building: The ‘Piedmont Principle’ Revisited”  Journal of Interdisciplinary History (Winter, 2020).

  • Norrlöf, C,  & W.C. Wohlforth,  “Raison de l’Hégémonie (The Hegemon’s Interest): Theory of the Costs and Benefits of Hegemony,”Security Studies 28, no. 3 (July–September 2019).

  • Torkunov, A. V., W. C. Wohlforth and B. F. Martynov, eds., History of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy in the 20th Century (2 vols.) (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing., 2020)

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Works In Progress

  • Wohlforth,  W.C.,  “Subversion Among the Great Powers.”

  • Wohlforth,  W.C.,  “Evaluating Grand Strategy,” forthcoming in Krebs and Balzaq, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Grand Strategy

  • Norrlöf, C., & Wohlforth,  W.C.,   “Money and Power Revisited: Military Power, Deep Engagement, and Global Finance.” 

  • Andersen, M. ., & Wohlforth,  W.C.,    “The Balance of Power,” forthcoming in Leira and de Carvalho, eds,  Routledge Handbook of Historical IR

  • Sushentsov, A. A,m & William C Wohlforth, “The Tragedy of US-Russian Relations: NATO Centrality and the Revisionists’ Spiral,” International Politics (forthcoming).