Professor Emeritus of International Relations,
American University (Washington, DC)
and Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
Ph.D., M.I.T. 1986; B.A., Stanford 1981. [Click for CV]
Professor Joshua S. Goldstein is an award-winning scholar of international relations who has written and spoken widely on war and society, including war's effects on gender, economics, and psychological trauma, and on climate change and nuclear energy. He co-wrote Oliver Stone's 2022 film Nuclear, based on Goldstein's 2019 book, A Bright Future (with Staffan Qvist), which describes Sweden's model of rapid decarbonization using nuclear power.
Goldstein's book War and Gender won the International Studies Association's "Book of the Decade" award. He is coauthor (with Jon C. Pevehouse) of the widely used textbook International Relations. Goldstein's book Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide (2011) was the Conflict Research Society's "Book of the Year." In The Wounds Within (2015) he collaborates with a psychotherapist to explore veterans and PTSD. Prior books include The Real Price of War (2004), Three-Way Street: Strategic Reciprocity in World Politics (1990; with John R. Freeman) and Long Cycles: Prosperity and War in the Modern Age (1988).
Goldstein has published articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, American Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Studies Quarterly, among others, and Op Ed pieces in The New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. Goldstein has won a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the International Studies Association's Karl Deutsch Award for research, and the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award, among others.
Areas of expertise: international relations; war; conflict; peace; world order; great-power relations; peacekeeping; United Nations; world energy; climate change; nuclear power; gender and war.