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 my article in International Organization (with Daniel Nexon) about why leading actors will overinvest in nonproductive assets to preserve their position against challengers as well as my work (with Meghan McConaughey and Daniel Nexon) in International Theory about comparing governance hierarchies at different scales of aggregation. An article in Security Studies explores how changes in political polarization and political parties will affect U.S. hegemony. And an article in Presidential Studies Quarterly discusses how presidents use their powers to link issues to pursue their domestic political goals.

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),  American Politics Research (with Mark Rom), PS: Political Science and Politics, and the Indiana Magazine of History (featured on the JSTOR Web page). (See my Google Scholar page.)

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 the Washington Post (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), Foreign Policy (1,2)Cato Unbound, and Slate.

More autobiographical details are available through my curriculum vitae.

On Twitter, I am @profmusgrave.