Paul K. MacDonald
B.A., University of California Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Political Science
My primary area of research and teaching in political science is international relations, with a focus on American foreign policy.
My research focuses on the political and military dimensions of overseas expansion, as well as the dynamics of resistance and rebellion to colonial rule. I am also working with a collaborator - Joseph M. Parent of Miami University- on a project on the foreign policy responses adopted by great powers to acute relative economic decline. I have published articles on these topics in International Security, Review of International Studies, Security Studies, Daedalus, and the American Political Science Review.
I teach courses on World Politics, American Foreign Policy, and Small Wars and Insurgencies.
Before coming to Wellesley, I taught for three years in the Department of Political Science at Williams College. I also held research positions at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
When not traveling abroad, I enjoy backpacking in the western United States, snowshoeing in the Berkshires, and kicking the soccer ball to my two year old daughter.