Dr. Chris J. Dolan
Professor of Politics & Global Studies

Academic Areas of Expertise

  • International Relations
  • Research Methods
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • American Politics & Government
  • Terrorism and Extremism
  • Civic Engagement
  • Comparative Politics
  • National Security
  • Public Policy

Research Topics

International relations theory, foreign policy analysis, geopolitics, and grand strategy, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national security, Transatlantic Security and NATO, symmetric and asymmetric threats, anti-access/area-denial, intervention, quantitative analysis, and methods.

Professional Leadership & Major Awards

Positions and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar, teaching/research, February to July 2020
  • University of Prishtina, Prishtina, Kosovo
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Institute of International Education
  • 2019 Educator of the Year Award 
    Lebanon Valley College
  • 2018 Thomas Rhys Vickroy Distinguished Teaching Award
    Lebanon Valley College, Annville PA USA

Scholarly Work and Publications


2018. Obama and the Emergence of a Multipolar World Order: Redefining U.S. Foreign Policy. New York: Rowan and Littlefield, Lexington Books, November, 247 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4985-7293-4

2008. The Presidency and Economic Policy (Co-authored with Raymond Tatalovich and John Frendreis).  New York: Rowan and Littlefield, January, 272 pp.  ISBN: 0742547299

2005. In War We Trust: The Bush Doctrine and the Pursuit of Just War.  Aldershot, United Kingdom: Ashgate Press, May, 244 pp.  ISBN: 0-7546-4234-8

2004. Striking First: The Preventive Doctrine and the Reshaping of U.S. Foreign Policy (Co-Edited with Betty Glad).  New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, December, 240 pp. ISBN: 1-4039-6548-X

Articles and Book Chapters

2018. “Con-gagement: President Obama, China and the Asia-Pacific.” In The Barack Obama Presidency: Legacy and Record, edited by Michael Grossman and Francis Schortgen (College Station: Texas A & M University Press).

2017. “The Obama Foreign Policy Jiu-Jitsu: The Middle East and Asia and the Pacific.” PS: Politics and Political Science (January): pp. 1-5.

2016. “Calculation of Goodwill: Humanitarianism, Strategic Interests, and the U.S. Response to 

Typhoon Yolanda” (Co-authored with Alynna J. Lyon). Global Security and Intelligence Studies 2 (1) (December): pp. 33-61.

2015. “In the Classroom and Beyond: Expanding international experience past regular mobility.” Global Partners in Education Journal 5 (1), pp. 15-26.

2014. “U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Change in the 2012 Presidential Election.” Chapter 14 in The Presidential Election of 2012: A Transformation in American National Politics, edited by Douglas Brattebo, Tom Lansford, and Jack Covarrubias, (Akron, OH: University of Akron Press), pp. 292-316.

2011. “U.S.-Cuban Relations during the Obama Administration and Beyond.”  (With Diane Johnson) Tempo exterior: Revista de análise e  estudios internacionais/ (Galicia) Spain, Vol. XI (II) nº 23/Xullo-Decembro 2011, pp. 53-70.

2011. “From Scratch: Designing and Implementing a New International Studies Program at a Small College.” International Studies Perspectives 12 (4), pp. 428–446.

2009. “America and the Case for Just War Against Iraq.”  Ethics, Law and Society, IV, edited by Jenny Gunning, Soren Holm, and Ian Kenway (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press), pp. 247-257.

2009.  “A Presidential Economic Scorecard: Performance and Perception.” (Co-authored with John Frendreis and Raymond Tatalovich) PS: Political Science and Politics.  Volume 42, number 4 (October): pp. 689-694.

2009. “The United States in Global Transition: Foreign Policy Continuity and Change from Bush to Obama.”   “Os Estados Unidos na transición global: continuidade e cambio na política exterior de Bush a Obama.” Tempo exterior: Revista de análise e  estudios internacionais/ n° 12, IGADI, Baiona, Galicia (Spain) July 2009 (18): pp. 25-37.

2008. “The Shape of Elite Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy, 1992 to 2004.”  Politics and Policy 36 (4): pp. 542-585.

2008. “More Than Meets the Eye: The Political Determinants of Executive Agreements” (Co-authored with Scot Schraufnagel). White House Studies 8 (1): pp. 27-46.

2007. “In His Shadow: The Impact of the Reagan Economic Regime and Institutional Structure on the Bush Administrations.”  White House Studies 7 (3): pp. 235-250.

2007. “American Humanitarian Intervention: Toward a Theory of Co-Evolution” (Co-authored with Alynna J. Lyon).  Foreign Policy Analysis 3 (1): pp. 46-79.

2007. “Revisiting El Dorado Canyon: Terrorism, the Reagan Administration, and the Bombing of 

Libya” (Co-authored with David B. Cohen).  In Focus on U.S. Presidents, Presidency, and Presidential Actions, edited by Robert Watson.  Nova Science Publishers, pp. 25-54.

2007. “The Impact of the Reagan Economic Regime and Institutional Structure on the Bush 

Administrations.”  In The Presidencies of George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush: Like Father Like Son? edited by Anthony J. Eksterowicz and Glenn P. Hastedt.  Nova Science Publishers, pp. 123-138.

2006. “U.S. Foreign Economic Policy and the Significance of the National Economic Council” (Co-authored with Jerel A. Rosati).  International Studies Perspectives 7 (2): pp. 102-123.

2006. “The War about the War: Iraq and the Politics of National Security Advising in the GW Bush Administration’s First Term” (Co-authored with David B. Cohen).  Politics and Policy 34 (1): pp. 30-64.

2005. “United States Narco-Terrorism Policy: A Contingency Approach to Understanding the Convergence of the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism.”  Review of Policy Research 22 (4): pp. 451-471.

2005. “Waging War Against Iraq: Jus Ad Bellum Considerations.”  Journal of International Political Theory 1 (2): pp. 158-176.

2005. “Moralizing Violence or a Just Response?: The Dimensions and Limitations of the Bush Doctrine.”  In Justice and Violence: Political Violence, Pacifism and Cultural Transformation, edited by Allan W.  Eickelmann, Tom Lansford, and Eric Nelson. Ashgate Press, pp. 21-38.

2005. “Revisiting El Dorado Canyon: Terrorism, the Reagan Administration, and the 1986 Bombing of Libya” (Co-authored with David B. Cohen).  White House Studies 5 (2): pp. 153-174.

2004. “Foreign Policy on the Offensive.” In Striking First: The Preventive War Doctrine and the Reshaping of US Foreign Policy, edited by Betty Glad and Chris J. Dolan.  New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 3-22.

2004. “Air Transportation Policy in the Wake of September 11th: Security and Civil Liberties in an Authority Centralization Context” (Co-authored with Brian J. Gerber).  In American National Security and Civil Liberties in an Era of Terrorism, edited by David B. Cohen and John W. Wells.  New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 147-166.  

2004.  “Vigor and Vacillation: An Early Assessment of Bush’s Economic Policy.” In George W. Bush: A Political and Ethical Assessment at Midterm, edited by Bryan Hilliard, Tom Lansford, and Robert P.  Watson.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, pp. 69-83.

2004. “The Bush Doctrine and the History of U.S. Interventionism in American Foreign Policy.” 

American Diplomacy (June).

2004. “3 Cheers for Attack Ads and Negative Campaign Tactics!!!”  In Lights, Camera, Campaign: 

Media, Politics, and Political Advertising, edited by David Schultz.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 45-71.

2003. “Selective Multilateralism and the Emerging Post-9/11 U.S. Foreign Policy.” International Politics 40 (3): pp. 425-431.

2003. “Economic Policy and Decision-Making at the Intersection of International and Domestic 

Politics: The Advocacy Coalition Framework and the National Economic Council.” Policy Studies Journal 31 (2): pp. 209-236.

2003. “Presidential Coordination Efforts in U.S Foreign Economic Policymaking: A Historical Assessment, 1945 to 1992.” White House Studies 3 (2): pp. 158-182.

2003. “Carter, Congress, and the Politics of Airline Deregulation.” (Co-authored with David B. Cohen).  In Contemporary Presidential Politics: A Reader, edited by Robert P. Watson. Hauppauge, NY: Nova History Books, pp. 163-188. 

2002. “A Place at the Table: The Emerging Foreign Policy Roles of the White House Chief of Staff.”  (Co-authored with David B. Cohen and Jerel A. Rosati). Congress and the Presidency 29 (2): pp. 119-149.

2001. “Debunking the Myth: Carter, Congress, and the Politics of Airline Deregulation.” (Co- authored with David B. Cohen). White House Studies 1 (2): pp. 197-222.

Book Reviews

2017. Power and International Relations: A Conceptual Approach. David A. Baldwin. H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences.  Princeton: Princeton University Press. 

2013. Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Eliot Abrams. H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences. 

2006. U.S.- Kuwaiti Relations, 1961-1992: An Uneasy Relationship.  Chookiat Panaspornprasit. Middle East Studies Bulletin.

2005. Agents of Atrocity: Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil War.  Neil J. Mitchell.  Politics and Ethics Review 1 (1).

2005. Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys.  K. Michael Prince.  Social Science Journal. 

2004. The Use of Force After the Cold War.  Edited by H.W. Brands, Texas A & M Press. Rhetoric and Public Affairs 7 (3).

2004. Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Second World War.  Warren F. Kimball, Ivan R. Dee. White House Studies 4 (4).

2003.  The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy.  Edited by David Gray Adler and Michael A. Genovese, University Press of Kansas.  Journal of Politics.  

2003. John Adams.  David McCullough, Simon and Schuster.  Millennium: A Journal of International Studies 31 (3).

2003. State and Society in Spanish America during the Age of Revolution.  Victor Uribe-Uran (Editor), Scholarly Resources Books.  South Eastern Latin Americanist.

2002. Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.  Gary R. Hess, Johns Hopkins University Press.  White House Studies 2 (4).

2002.  The President and His Inner Circle: Leadership Style and the Advisory Process in Foreign Policymaking.  Thomas Preston, Columbia University Press. Canadian Journal of Political Science 35 (1).

Other Publications

2020. "Foreign Policy is on the Ballot in 2020; So is American Credibility." The Hill (October 18, 2020).

2019. “Voters Prefer Domestic Issues, but Democratic Candidates Should Make the Case for Foreign Policy, Too.” The Hill (July 31, 2019).

2018. “The Long NATO Gravy Train May Soon Be Over.” The Hill (October 24, 2018).

2018. “Holding Facebook Accountable.” The Hill (April 3, 2018).

2017. “Obama First Tapped Into the Roots of Trump’s America First Policy.” Newsweek (November 8).

2017. “The Las Vegas Killer’s Motives Shouldn’t Matter-Stopping the Next Mass Shooting Does.” Penn Live (October 12, 2017).

2016. “The Haves and Have Nots of New Hampshire.” U.S. News and World Report (February 9).

2015. “Obama and Biden Loomed Large Over the Debate.” U.S. News and World Report (October 14).

2015. “In the Middle East, US has forgotten a post-WW II lesson of asking Europeans to create plan for stability: An effective alternative to ISIS must come from coordinated effort among Muslims.” Global Post (May 14).

2015. “There Were Only Two Choices With Iran: Make a Deal or Make War.” Penn Live (July 19).

2010. “Developing Collaborative Research at a Small College” (Co-authored with Diane Johnson, 

Michael Kitchens, and John Hinshaw). Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly 31 (1) (Fall 2010): pp. 17-20.

2010. “U.S. Appetite for Oil Must be Controlled,” Lebanon Daily News (June 24).

2010. “With Oil We’re Our Own Enemy,” Opinion, Philadelphia Inquirer (June 18).

2010. “Obama’s first year: The country wants to see progress,” Opinion, Harrisburg Patriot News (January 23).

2009. “The Republican Party and the Politics of Stimuli,” (Co-authored with John Hinshaw), Opinion, Harrisburg Patriot News

2009. “Presidential Tenures: The Bad and the Worst,” (Co-authored with John Hinshaw), Opinion, Philadelphia Inquirer (February 16), 18A.

2008. “Experience Not a Good Political Judge,” Guest Editorial in Lebanon Daily News (August 13), 8A. 

2008. “Choosing a Veep: Five Factors Govern Selection of Who Becomes Number 2.”  Guest 

Editorial in Harrisburg Patriot News (July 30), 20A and Lebanon Daily News (July 31), 11A.

2008. “Ulysses S. Grant.”  In Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, edited by Thomas E. Woods.  New York: Marshall Cavendish.

2008. “National Security Adviser” and “National Security Council.”  In Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics, edited by Michael A. Genovese and Lori Cox Han.  New York, Facts-on-File.

2006. “Strategic Humanitarianism?  An Exploration of American Involvement in Iraq, Kosovo and Tsunami Relief Efforts.”  Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association.

2005.  “Why Congress Should Grant Presidents Expanded Authority for Negotiating Trade and 

Treaties.”  In Debating the Issues: The American Presidency, Edited by Robert Watson and David A. Freeman.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt. 

2004. “Vote for Nader IS a Vote for Bush.”  Editorial in Florida Today (October 13), A21.

2003. “Restrictions are Needed on Immigration for National Security” and “‘Hate Speech’ Should be Protected as a First Amendment Right.”  In Debating the Issues: American Government & Politics, Edited by Robert P. Watson.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

2003. “America Needs Immigration Reform.”  Global Linkages, University of Central Florida, Office of International Studies (Winter 2004).