Randall Schweller

Author and Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University


Randall L. Schweller is professor of Political Science and a Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow at Ohio State University. He is the author of Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014);Unanswered Threats: Political Constraints on the Balance of Power (Princeton University Press, 2006); and Deadly Imbalances: Tripolarity and Hitler’s Strategy of World Conquest (Columbia University Press, 1998). He has also published many articles in leading journals such as World PoliticsInternational Studies QuarterlyInternational SecurityAmerican Political Science ReviewGlobal GovernanceAmerican Journal of Political ScienceReview of International StudiesCambridge Review of International AffairsThe National InterestInternational Theory, and Security Studies. He is Editor-in-Chief of Security Studies and a member of the editorial boards of International Securityand the book series, Studies in Asian Security, published by Stanford University Press and sponsored by the East-West Center.

Noted for his work as a grand theorist of international relations and as a founder of neoclassical realism, Schweller's recent publications include: “The Age of Entropy,”Foreign Affairs Snapshot, June 16, 2014; "After Unipolarity: China’s Vision of International Order in an Era of U.S. Decline" International Security, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Summer 2011), co-authored with Xiaoyu Pu; “Emerging Powers in the Age of Disorder.”Global Governance, Vol. 17, No. 3 (July-Sept. 2011); "Rational Theory for a Bygone Era,"Security Studies, Vol. 20 (September 2011); “The Future is Uncertain and the End is Always Near,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 2 (September 2011); “Knowing the Unknown Unknowns: Misplaced Certainty and the Onset of War,”Security Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Jan-March 2011), co-authored with Jennifer Mitzen; “The Logic and Illogic of Contemporary Realism,” International Theory, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (December 2010); “Ennui Becomes Us,” The National Interest, No. 105 (Jan/Feb 2010); and “Entropy and the Trajectory of World Politics: Why Polarity Has Become Less Meaningful,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 23, No. 1 (March 2010).

In a survey of international relations faculty in 10 countries conducted by the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, Schweller was selected as one of the top 25 scholars who have produced the most interesting work in the field of international relations. In 1993, he received a John M. Olin Post-Doctoral Fellowship in National Security at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. In early 2012, Schweller was awarded a Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellowship.

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