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William Christiansen, Ph.D.

William Christiansen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Knott Academic Center
Room 200F

+1 (301) 447-5551

William Christiansen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science with a focus on international relations. Before joining Mount St. Mary's, he worked as a full-time instructor in Virginia Commonwealth University's Political Science Department while completing his dissertation at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Political Science. In addition to teaching at VCU, he taught international relations and comparative politics classes at the University of South Carolina from 2013 to 2019.

Christiansen's dissertation, International Conflict, Political Leaders, and Accountability researches how leaders are evaluated for their actions during international conflicts and the biographical determinants of a political leader's lethality in international disputes. A paper from another project, “Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Local Origin of Democracy Promotion," was recently published in the journal "International Interactions". His methodological approach involves the use of experiments and computational statistics to generate inferences about the behavior of political leaders and audiences. Before working toward his doctorate at South Carolina, Christiansen earned a B.A. in philosophy and a B.A./M.A. in political science at Virginia Tech.

  • Ph.D. Political Science - University of South Carolina
  • B.A. Political Science, B.A. Philosophy, M.A. Political Science - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • EITM Fellow (2019) - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • EITM Certification Scholarship at ICPSR (2018) - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • International Relations Graduate Student Fellow (2014-2015) - University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
  • International relations
  • Foreign policy
  • International conflict
  • Political science
  • MENA politics

Christiansen, William T., Peterson, Timothy and Heinrich, Tobias (2019). Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Local Origin of Support for US Democracy Promotion. International Interactions 45 (4), 585–616.

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