Stacie Goddard
Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College; Faculty Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs

Stacie Goddard
Researching issues of international security with a specific focus on legitimacy, rising powers, and territorial conflict.

My primary research focuses on international relations, with a focus on global power politics. My most recent book, When Right Makes Might: Rising Powers and World Order, asks why it is that some great powers accommodate rising powers in international politics, while containing and confronting others. Other research examines why some rising powers are able to reform international institutions while others fail; why statecraft has changed over time; and why some territories are negotiable, while others are treated as indivisible. I also have contributed to Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Along with my introductory courses to world politics and international security, I teach advanced lecture courses on technology and war, including a course on nuclear politics. I also offer a seminar that explores the rise and fall of great powers. In general, I believe that understanding issues of war and peace is vital to educating global citizens, and I design my courses to show how theory can be used to address global challenges.

Outside of Wellesley, I am a non-resident fellow of the Quincy Institute and a series editor for Columbia University Press. I also enjoy choral singing and am an avid hiker and backpacker, so I’m always looking for new trails to explore with my husband and two daughters.

 

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