Featuring: Melissa Willard-Foster, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont
Professor Willard-Foster’s teaching and research interests center broadly on the causes of international conflict and cooperation. She is especially interested in how domestic political pressures can lead states into wars that they might otherwise avoid. Her current book project, based on her dissertation, seeks to explain why major powers overthrow foreign governments, particularly those in militarily weak states. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and UCLA.
Before coming to UVM, she was a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs. Professor Willard-Foster teaches classes on international relations, international security, and war, strategy and politics.