About Me

I’m an assistant professor of political science 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’m a scholar of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and oil politics. 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. I discuss those issues on my blog and on Twitter @profmusgrave.

Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

My research on the resource curse (with Yu-Ming Liou) has (so far) yielded two articles in peer-reviewed publications. 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). Popular (that is, readable!) versions of our work are available at the Monkey Cage on the Washington Post Web site (“Here’s why Saudi Arabia is loosening its restrictions on women“) and on this blog (“The Gendered Resource Curse“).

My research on other topics has also appeared in peer-reviewed journals including American Politics Research (with Mark Rom), International Studies Quarterly and International Theory (with Daniel Nexon), PS: Political Science and Politics, and the Indiana Magazine of History.

Publications (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

I also publish occasionally in non-peer reviewed publications:

Finally, I have been quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the Washington Post and appeared as a guest on Al-Jazeera (English and Arabic), KCRW, and Business News Network (Canada).

You can also read my curriculum vitae (CV).