I’m an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I received my Ph.D. in December 2014 from the Georgetown University Department of Government, and during the 2014-2015 academic year I was a visiting assistant professor at Dickinson College. During the 2013-14 academic year, I was a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
I research two questions: How do domestic institutions shape U.S. foreign policy? And how does U.S. foreign policy shape international order? Separately, I also investigate the relationship of global energy markets to domestic and international politics. My research on the resource curse (with Yu-Ming Liou) has yielded two articles: one in Comparative Political Studies suggesting that oil doesn’t always retard democratization and another in International Studies Quarterly suggesting the conditions under which oil yields a “gendered resource curse” (that is, harming women’s rights).
My research on other topics has also appeared in American Politics Research (with Mark Rom), International Studies Quarterly (with Daniel Nexon), PS: Political Science and Politics, the Indiana Magazine of History, and Slate. You can also read my curriculum vitae.
On Twitter, I am @profmusgrave.