About Me

I am an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst specializing in the politics of U.S. foreign policy. 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 or is forthcoming at journals including International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, International Theory, and American Politics Research. (See my Google Scholar page for more.) I defended my dissertation in December 2014.

I have also published in popular venues such as the Washington Post, Slate, and The Washington Quarterly. I have been quoted in media venues including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Vox.Com and have appeared as a guest on national and international radio and television networks including CNN, MSNBC, ABC’s The World (Australia), and Al-Jazeera International. Before graduate school, I worked for a year as an assistant editor at Foreign Affairs. My Twitter feed, @profmusgrave, broadcasts news and views about international relations, social science, and American politics to nearly 12,000 followers.

I also 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.