I am an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst specializing in the politics of U.S. foreign policy. I also write a newsletter, Systematic Hatreds, about political science and (more or less) current events).
My book project discusses how the evolution of political parties transformed U.S. foreign policy. Although it focuses on the nineteenth century, the work sheds light on how contemporary party polarization and in-party fighting will affect U.S. global leadership. My work, with a varying roster of stellar co-authors, has been published in journals including International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Comparative Political Studies, International Theory, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. (See my research page for more.)
I have also published in popular venues such as the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Slate, and The Washington Quarterly. I have been quoted in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Vox.Com and have appeared as a guest on radio and television networks including CNN, MSNBC, CBC, ABC’s The World (Australia), and Al-Jazeera International. My Twitter feed, @profmusgrave, broadcasts news and views about international relations, social science, and American politics to more than 40,000 followers.
I teach courses on U.S. foreign policy, resource and energy politics, undergraduate research methods (principally quantitative), international relations, the conception and influence of apocalyptic scenarios, and empires. Just not in the same semester.