Ole R. Holsti

Ole R. Holsti

George V. Allen 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. “Will the Real Dulles Please Stand Up?.” International Journal, vol. XXX, 1997, pp. 34–44.

Holsti, O. R., and J. N. Rosenau. “Liberals, populists, libertarians, and conservatives: The link between domestic and international affairs.” International Political Science Review, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 1996, pp. 29–54. Scopus, doi:10.1177/019251296017001003. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Case Teaching: Transforming Foreign Policy Courses with Cases.” International Studies Notes, vol. 19, 1994, pp. 7–13.

Holsti, O. R., and J. N. Rosenau. “The Structure of Foreign Policy Beliefs Among American Opinion Leaders-After the Cold War.” Millennium  Journal of International Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, Jan. 1993, pp. 235–78. Scopus, doi:10.1177/03058298930220021001. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Toward an Operational Definition Consensus.” American Review of Politics, vol. 14, 1993, pp. 309–39.

Holsti, O. R. “Teaching International Relations in the Post-Cold War Era.” International Studies Notes, vol. 18, 1993, pp. 1–4.

Holsti, O. R. “Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: Challenges to the Almond-Lippmann Consensus.” International Studies Quarterly, vol. 36, 1992, pp. 439–66.

Holsti, O. R. “International Systems, System Change and Foreign Policy.” Diplomatic History, vol. 15, 1991, pp. 83–90.

Holsti, O. R., and J. N. Rosenau. “The Structure of Foreign Policy Attitudes among American Leaders.” The Journal of Politics, vol. 52, no. 1, Jan. 1990, pp. 94–125. Scopus, doi:10.2307/2131421. Full Text

Rosenau, OR Holsti with James N. “The Emerging U.S. Consensus on Foreign Policy.” Orbis, vol. 34, 1990, pp. 579–96.