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Professor John J. Mearsheimer

John J. Mearsheimer

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. He is a top international scholar of political science and international relations. He is also known as the founder of the offensive realist school of international relations. After graduating from West Point in 1970, he served five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of Cornell University (M.A. and Ph.D.) and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs.

He has written many articles that have appeared in key journals such as International Security, Foreign Affairs and the London Review of Books. His op-ed pieces have been published, i.a., in the New York Times and the Financial Times. He has authored many highly acclaimed books, including the How States Think: The Rationality of Foreign Policy (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2023) and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007).

Professor Mearsheimer has been awarded numerous awards and honors including the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Quantrell Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Chicago in 1985. He received honorary doctorates from universities in China, Greece, and Romania; and in 2003 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2020, he won the James Madison Award, which is given once every three years by the American Political Science Association to “an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science.”


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