John Schuessler is Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs and Co-Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. Previously, he taught at the Air War College. Schuessler received his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. He has been published in International Security, International Studies Review, Perspectives on Politics, St. Antony's International Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and White House Studies. He is the author of Deceit on the Road to War: Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2015). He has been Chair of the Foreign Policy Section of the American Political Association. His primary interests include democracy and war as well as American grand strategy.

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  • Schuessler, J. M., Shifrinson, J., & Blagden, D. (2021). Revisiting Insularity and Expansion: A Theory Note. PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS. 1-15.
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  • Schuessler, J., & Shifrinson, J. (2019). The Shadow of Exit from NATO. Strategic Studies Quarterly. 13(3), 38-51.
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  • Schuessler, J (2019). Democracy, War, and American Grand Strategy. Texas National Security Review.
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  • Schuessler, J., & Shifrinson, J (2018). Making Grand Strategy Grand Again. The National Interest.
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  • Schuessler, J. M., Seipp, A. R., & Sullivan, T. D. (2022). The Berlin Airlift and the Making of the Cold War.
  • Schuessler, J. M (2015). Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy. Cornell University Press.
  • Schuessler, J. (2018). Why Does Donald Trump Have So Much Trouble with the Truth?. Jervis, R. L., Gavin, F., Rovner, J., & Labrosse, D. (Eds.), Chaos in the Liberal Order The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-first Century. 373-379. Columbia University Press.
  • Schuessler, J. M (2010). Absorbing the first blow: Truman and the cold war. Presidents and War. 181-196.
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Texas A&M University; International Affairs; 4220 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4220