John Mearsheimer

R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor,
University of Chicago

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982.

Mr. Mearsheimer graduated from West Point in 1970 — and then served five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. After graduate school at Cornell University, he received his Ph.D. in 1980. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Mearsheimer’s work focuses on political science — specifically concerning security issues and international politics. His articles have appeared in pulications like International Security, the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times.

He has also published three books, of which the most recent is The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), which won the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize.

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