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Doug Macdonald

Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Science, 119 Persson Hall
p 315-228-7528


BA, University of Massachusetts, 1977; MA (1979), MPhil (1982), PhD (1987), Columbia University

Teaching Experience

U.S Army War College; Columbia University; Oglethorpe University; Wellesley College


International relations theories, ideologies, American foreign policy, terrorism and insurgencies


Tracing the history of the music of the poor in the Southern United States, 1945-1960, as well as other selected musical genres


  • The New Totalitarians: Social Identity Theory and Radical Islamist Grand Political Strategy (2007)
  • Adventures in Chaos: American Intervention for Reform in the Third World (1992)
  • Articles on grand strategy in the global war on terror; intelligence reform in emerging democracies; American policy in the Third World; the role of ideology in foreign policy making; terrorism in Southeast Asia; and the origins of the Cold War


Recent: China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe, Philippines, Guam, Vietnam, Japan

Professional Experience

  • Director of international relations program, Colgate 1993-95
  • Visiting senior research professor of National Security Affairs, US Army War College, 2005-2007
  • Consultant/lecturer, US Navy Fleet RSEP, Naval Postgraduate School, 2007-2009


  • Visiting senior research professor of national security affairs, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pa., 2005-2007
  • Senior research fellow, Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway, 1998
  • Helen Dwight Reid Award from the American Political Science Association for best dissertation in international relations, 1987
  • Associate research fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1986-87
  • John M. Olin Postgraduate Fellowship in National Security Affairs, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1985-86