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Peter Trubowitz

Professor of International Relations
London School of Economics and Political Science


Professor Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Phelan United States Centre at LSE and Associate Fellow at Chatham House.



Areas of expertise

  • Geopolitics
  • Foreign policy
  • US-China relations
  • American politics
  • World affairs


Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Phelan United States Centre at the London School of Economics and Associate Fellow at Chatham House. His main research and teaching interests are in the fields of international security and US foreign policy.

Trubowitz’s scholarly publications include Geopolitics and Democracy: The Western Liberal Order from Foundation to Fracture (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2023), Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft (Princeton University Press, 2011) and the award-winning Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press, 1998), as well as articles in leading academic journals such as International Security, International Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Quarterly and more popular venues like Foreign Affairs, The International New York Times, and The National Interest. He has lectured at major universities around the world and comments frequently on international affairs for major media outlets.

Before joining the LSE, Trubowitz was Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also held visiting positions at Harvard, Princeton, University of California at San Diego, Universidad de Chile, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, and the Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he was the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in American Foreign Policy. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others.

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