Thomas J. Volgy, ISA Executive Director (1995-2015)

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Thomas J. Volgy is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona and the Executive Director of the International Studies Association. He recieved his MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. His teaching covers undergraduate, honors, and graduate levels and focuses primarily on international politics. He received his college's Outstanding Teaching Award for his efforts.

Dr. Volgy's research interests focus on the international system as well as both formal and informal international structures. In his current ongoing research program, he is leading an effort to reconceptualize and remeasure both major power status and regional power status in recent (post-World War II to the present) international politics. He has authored nearly 50 articles and chapters with work appearing in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Journalism Quarterly, Journal of International Relations and Development, Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, British Journal of Political Science, American Prospect, Harvard Business Review, and New Republic, among others.

He has also co-authored or edited numerous books including An Exploration Into Status Attribution in International Politics (2013), Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics (2011), Intergovernmental Architecture and the Development of the Post-Cold War World Order (2009), and International Politics and State Strength (2003).

Apart from his research and teaching interests, he has been active in the local and global community. He served in office for 14 years, including as Mayor of Tucson, and he assisted in democratization and public policy training programs in East Europe and Central Asia between 1989 and the present.

Executive Directors of ISA

Mark A. Boyer

University of Connecticut

Thomas J. Volgy

University of Arizona

W. Ladd Hollist
Brigham Young University

William A. Welsh
University of South Carolina

James A. Kuhlman
University of South Carolina

Carl Beck
University of Pittsburgh

John E. Turner
1968 - 1973
University of Minnesota

Vincent Davis
1959 - 1968
University of Denver

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