Welcome

I’m an assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (and I am also affiliated with the Commonwealth Honors College there). I received my Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Politics from University College Dublin, and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Indiana University-Bloomington.

I research two questions: How do domestic institutions shape U.S. foreign policy? And how does U.S. foreign policy shape international order? The former shapes my dissertation (now being prepared as a book project) into the relationship between the emergence political parties and the development of U.S. foreign policy. The latter question informs a forthcoming article in International Organization (with Daniel Nexon) about why leading actors will  overinvest in nonproductive assets to preserve their position against challengers.

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) (Monkey Cage post here). I teach about these topics and also the end of the world.

My research on other topics has also appeared or is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly (with J. Furman Daniel), International Theory (also with Daniel Nexon), American Politics Research (with Mark Rom), PS: Political Science and Politics, and the Indiana Magazine of History. (See my Google Scholar page.)

I have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, al-Jazeera (Arabic and International), BNN, KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand, ABC’s (Australia) The World, BNN (Canada), Ottawa’s 1310 NewsTalk radio, and have been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the Guardian. My non-peer-reviewed writing has appeared in the Washington Post (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Cato Unbound, and in Slate.

More autobiographical details are available through my curriculum vitae.

On Twitter, I am @profmusgrave.