Thomas Volgy


Professor at University of Arizona


Thomas J. Volgy received his BA from Oakland University, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in Political Science. He moved to Tucson to take a position at the University of Arizona, where he is a professor of political science, specializing in international politics and the comparative analysis of international regions. He also served from 1995 to 2015 as the executive director of the International Studies Association, the largest association of its kind focusing on international studies, with a membership of over 7,000 scholars from 110 countries. He is also a faculty research affiliate at the Pardee Center, University of Denver. He also engages in consulting work in the United States and overseas, involving business consultation, political consultation, and international trade. He served in public office from 1977 through 1991 as a member of the Tucson city council, and then as Mayor of Tucson.

He has published over fifty articles in professional journals, and is the author and/or co-author of several books, including Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics (2011), Mapping the New World Order (2009), International Politics and State Strength (2003), Politics in the Trenches: Experimenting with Democracy in America (2001), and The Forgotten Americans (1992). His latest work is focused on regions, hierarchy, and conflict in international politics, and on status considerations in international politics.

He has been honored by the University of Arizona with awards for teaching and distinguished public service, and by the International Studies Association for excellence in public service.