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. “The Study of International Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows: Theories of the Radical Right and the Radical Left.” American Political Science Review, vol. 68, no. 1, Jan. 1974, pp. 217–42. Scopus, doi:10.2307/1959754. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Review Essay: Essence of Decision.” Western Political Quarterly, vol. XXV, 1972, pp. 136–40.

Holsti, O. R. “Crisis, Stress and Decision-Making.” International Social Science Journal, vol. XXII, 1971, pp. 53–67.

Holsti, O. R. “Individual differences in “definition of the situation”.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 14, no. 3, Jan. 1970, pp. 303–10. Scopus, doi:10.1177/002200277001400302. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “The 'Operational Code' Approach to the Study of Political Leaders: John Foster Dulles' Philosophical and Instrumental Beliefs.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. III, 1970, pp. 123–57.

Holsti, O. R. “Computer Content Analysis for Measuring Attitudes: The Assessment of Qualities and Performance.” Computer Studies in the Humanities and Verbal Behavior, vol. I, 1968, pp. 200–16.

Moses, L. E., et al. “Scaling data on inter-nation action..” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 156, no. 3778, May 1967, pp. 1054–59. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.156.3778.1054. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Cognitive Dynamics and Images of the Enemy.” Journal of International Affairs, vol. XXI, 1967, pp. 16–39.

North, OR Holsti with Robert C., and Richard A. Brody. “International Relations as a Social Science: A Research Approach.” International Social Science Journal, vol. XVII, 1966.

Holsti, O. R. “The 1914 Case.” American Political Science Review, vol. 59, no. 2, Jan. 1965, pp. 365–78. Scopus, doi:10.2307/1953055. Full Text