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David Skidmore

Drake University

About Me.

     I've taught international politics at Drake University since 1989. Drake is located in Des Moines, Iowa, where my wife and I have enjoyed raising two daughters and now grandchildren. 

My scholarly interests have centered on the politics of U.S. foreign policy. My early work, including a book on Jimmy Carter's foreign policy, two edited volumes and a later book on unilateralism, focused on the ways that policy-makers respond not only to external threats and opportunities, but also the push and pull of domestic interests. In principle, a foreign policy shaped by America's democratic institutions might be expected to better represent the needs and interests of average people. In practice, the results are often quite the contrary. 

     I have also spent two years living, teaching and working in China and Hong Kong and have visited on many other occasions. In recent years, my research has focused on China's oveseases development finance initiatives, including the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank and the Belt and Road Initiative. 

     Also recently, I have become active in writing short pieces that have appeared in various newspapers, magazines and blog forums. These mostly attempt to apply scholarly analysis to contemporary events in an accessible form for non-specialists.

Jobs and Education

Drake University

University of International Business and Economics, Beijin, China
Visiting Professor
Summer, 2017

University of Hong Kong
Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing China
Visiting Associate Professor

University of Notre Dame

Hamilton College


Ph.D Political Science

Stanford University


B.A. Political Science

Rollins College

"The Owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the coming of dusk."


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