I’m associate professor of political science and expert on U.S. foreign policy and international relations at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (and I am also affiliated with the Commonwealth Honors College there). I also write a newsletter, Systematic Hatreds, about political science, academia, and current events.

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 of political parties and the development of U.S. foreign policy. Separately, I investigate the relationship of global energy markets to domestic and international politics.

I have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, al-Jazeera (Arabic and International), CBC, KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand, ABC’s (Australia) The World, BNN (Canada), Los Angeles’s KABC, WGBY’s Connecting Point, 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 outlets including the Washington Post , Foreign Policy,  Cato Unbound, and Slate.

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.

More autobiographical details are available through my curriculum vitae.

On Bluesky, I am @profmusgrave.bsky.social.