Ole R. Holsti

Ole R. Holsti

George V. Allen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations

External Address: 
301B Perkins Library, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-7051
International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

George V. Allen Professor of Political Science, specializes in international politics and foreign policy decision-making. He is the author of Crisis, Escalation, War, Content Analysis for the Social Sciences and Humanities, and Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy and co-author of International Alliance: Unity and Disintegration, Enemies in Politics, Communication Content, Content Analysis, Change in the International System, American Leadership in World Affairs: Vietnam and The Breakdown of Consensus, and Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy. His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, The Handbook of Social Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, World Politics, Journal of Politics, International Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Diplomatic History, Political Psychology, and various other journals and books. He is former associate editor of International Studies Quarterly and he is Contributing Editor of Running Journal. Professor Holsti was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and he was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1981-82. He was President of the International Studies Association for 1979-80, he was the recipient of the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology for "distinguished professional contributions to political psychology" and is a past Vice President of the ISPP. He won the Howard Johnson award for distinguished teaching in 1990 and The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995. He has been the recipient of six National Science Foundation Research Grants, and distinguished lifetime achievement awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Society for Political Psychology. His non-academic interests including running and racewalking marathons.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1962

Holsti, O. R. American public opinion on the Iraq war. 2011, pp. 1–226.

Holsti, O. R. “American public opinion and foreign policy: Did the september 11 attacks change everything?American Foreign Policy in a Globalized World, 2006, pp. 141–72. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203957264. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Theories of international relations.” Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations, Second Edition, 2004, pp. 51–90. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511806445.005. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “To see ourselves as others see us: How Publics abroad view the United States after 9/11.” To See Ourselves as Others See Us: How Publics Abroad View the United States After 9/11, Dec. 2008, pp. 1–234.

McCormick, James M., et al. “Eugene R. Wittkopf.” Ps: Political Science & Politics, vol. 40, no. 02, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Apr. 2007, pp. 413–14. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s1049096507240703. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Identity of the U.S. Military.” Perspectives in Politics, vol. 2, Sept. 2004, pp. 557–60.

Holsti, O. R. “Robert Carver North - In memoriam.” Ps Political Science & Politics, vol. 36, no. 2, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, Apr. 2003, pp. 326–27.

Holsti, O. R., and J. L. Gaddis. “Bush as strategist [3].” Foreign Policy, no. 135, Mar. 2003.

Holsti, O. R. “Robert Carver North.” International Studies Perspectives, vol. 4, 2003, pp. 230–32.

Holsti, O. R. “Politicization of the United States military: Crisis or tempest in a teapot?International Journal, vol. 57, no. 1, Jan. 2002, pp. 1–18. Scopus, doi:10.1177/002070200205700101. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Civil-military relations: How wide is the gap? Reply.” International Security, vol. 24, no. 2, M I T PRESS, Sept. 1999, pp. 204–07.

Holsti, O. R. “Civil-military relations: How wide is the gap?International Security, vol. 24, no. 2, M I T PRESS, Sept. 1999, pp. 199–203.

Holsti, O. R. “A Widening Gap between the U.S. Military and Civilian Society? Some Evidence, 1976-96.” International Security, vol. 23, no. 3, Dec. 1998, pp. 5–42.


Selected Grants

(96-0054) Collaborative Research on American Leadership in a Turbulent World awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 1998

(97-0033) Support for the Sixth Nationwide Survey on Domestic and Foreign Policy Beliefs of American Leaders awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 1997

(92-0064) Persistence and Change in the Belief Systems of American Opinion Leaders awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1994

(88-0073) American Leadership Beliefs on Domestic And Foreign Policy awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1988 to 1990

(87-0497) Beliefs of American Leaders about Foreign Policy and International Relations: Phase Four awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1988