William C. Wohlforth

Academic Appointments

Professor of Government
Daniel Webster Professor
Faculty Director, Dartmouth Institute for Global Security
Faculty Coordinator, Rosenwald Fellows Program in US Foreign Policy and International Security

A member of the Government Department’s faculty since 2000, I teach and conduct research on international relations, with an emphasis on international security and foreign policy. Before coming here, I taught at Princeton and Georgetown. I graduated with a degree in international relations from Beloit College, worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives and did my graduate work at Yale University, earning an MA in international relations and PhD in Political Science. My personal website has all the details on current research and teaching.

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Silsby 207
HB 6108
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A. Beloit College
M.A. Yale University
M.Phil. Yale University
Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

Kastner, J. and W.C. Wohlforth, “A Measure Short of War: The Return of Great Power Subversion,” Foreign Affairs (July/August 2021), 118-131.

Wohlforth, W.C. “Realism and Great Power Subversion,” International Relations 34: 4  (December 2020)

Sambanis N., S. Skaperdas & W.C., Wohlforth,  “External Intervention, Identity, and Civil War” Comparative Political Studies 2020. Vol. 53(14) 2155 –2182

Paci., S., Sambanis, N., & W.C. Wohlforth,  “Status-Seeking and Nation-Building: The ‘Piedmont Principle’ Revisited”  Journal of Interdisciplinary History Vol. 51, No. 1, Summer 2020, pp. 65-95.


Sushentsov, A. A. & William C Wohlforth, “The Tragedy of US-Russian Relations: NATO Centrality and the Revisionists’ Spiral,” International Politics 57 (3) (2020), pp. 427-450.

Torkunov, A. V., W. C. Wohlforth and B. F. Martynov, eds., History of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy in the 20th Century (2 vols.) (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020)

Norrlöf, C,  & W.C. Wohlforth,  “Raison de l’Hégémonie (The Hegemon’s Interest): Theory of the Costs and Benefits of Hegemony,”Security Studies 28, no. 3 (July–September 2019).

Norrlöf, C, & W.C. Wohlforth,  “Is US Grand Strategy Self Defeating? Deep Engagement, Military Spending and Sovereign Debt,”   Conflict Management and Peace Science  Vol. 36(3) (2019): 227–247 

Brooks, S.G. and W.C. Wohlforth, America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2016) (paperback ed. 2018)

Gheciu, Alexandra and W.C. Wohlforth,  eds., The Oxford Handbook of International Security (Oxford University Press, 2018). 

Wohlforth,  W.C., B. de Carvalho, I.B. Neumann & H. Leira "Moral Authority and Status in International Relations: Good States and the Social Dimension of Status-Seeking,” with B. de Carvalho, I.B. Neumann and H. Leira Review of International Studies 44/3 (July 2018), pp. 526-546.

Wohlforth,  W.C.,  & V. Zubok, “An Abiding Antagonism: Realism, Idealism, and the Mirage of US-Russian Partnership in the End of the Cold War” International Politics, 2017, 54(4): 405-419

Brooks, S. G.  & W.C. Wohlforth, “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers in the 21st Century: China’s Rise and the Fate of America’s Global Position,” International Security 40, No. 3 (Winter 2015-16), pp. 7-53.  

Sambanis, N., S. Skaperdas W.C. Wohlforth,  “Nation Building Through War,” American Political Science Review Vol. 109, No. 2 May 2015, 279-296. .

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Works in progress

Wohlforth,  W.C.,  “Subversion Among the Great Powers.”

Wohlforth,  W.C.,  “Evaluating Grand Strategy,” forthcoming in Krebs and Balzaq, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Grand Strategy

Norrlöf, C., & Wohlforth,  W.C.,   “Money and Power Revisited: Military Power, Deep Engagement, and Global Finance.” 

Andersen, M. ., & Wohlforth,  W.C.,    “The Balance of Power,” forthcoming in Leira and de Carvalho, eds,  Routledge Handbook of Historical IR

Sushentsov, A. A,m & William C Wohlforth, “The Tragedy of US-Russian Relations: NATO Centrality and the Revisionists’ Spiral,” International Politics (forthcoming).