Alumni (National Fellow)

Michael Beckley

National Fellow
Ph.D. Columbia University (2012)
Dream Mentor:
Robert Ross
Boston College
Fields of Interest:
Foreign Policy
International Relations
National Security Policy
Region: Asia-Pacific
Region: China


Michael Beckley is a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an assistant professor of political science at Tufts University. His research focuses on the rise and fall of great powers and has been featured in numerous academic journals and popular media, including CNN, NPR, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Vox, Foreign Policy, Slate, and the Harvard Business Review. Previously, Michael worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Thesis Description:

The Unipolar Era
Titled “The Unipolar Era,” Beckley’s dissertation set out to debunk the notion that the United States was being eclipsed by China as the dominant power. In particular, he aimed to demonstrate that GNP alone does not determine the strength of a nation’s military. Instead, he argued the level and comprehensive integration of a state’s economic development matter most. Beckley won the article of the year award (2010) from the Journal of Strategic Studies and in 2009 received the International Studies Association’s Carl Beck Award for best paper by a graduate student.

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