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The Clements Center welcomes Dr. Jim Golby

May 11, 2020

Austin, TX - As part of our efforts to recruit the top national security scholars and practitioners to the University of Texas at Austin, the Clements Center is excited to announce that Dr. Jim Golby will be joining our ranks later this summer. Dr. Golby will be a Senior Fellow with the Clements Center and a Lecturer in the Government Department. His position reflects the Clements and Seay families’ ongoing commitment to growing our work in national security research, teaching, and policy engagement. 

Describing Dr. Golby, Kathleen Hicks, a senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at CSIS, commented "Jim is prolific and insightful, engaging equally with the academic and practitioner communities. Jim’s original survey research is changing the way we understand the American public's perceptions of the military. He brings not only his deep intellect to the question of American civil-military relations but also his personal experiences and dedication to public service." Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University, remarked “Jim Golby is one of the brightest stars in the emerging generation of experts on American civil-military relations. He brings the complete package — strong analytical skills, a sophisticated theoretical orientation, and deep practical experience participating in civil-military relations at the policymaking level."

Please see Dr. Golby's impressive bio below for more background on his expertise and experience. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team, and honored to have him contribute to our mission of training the next generation of national security leaders and scholars.


UnknownIn July 2020, Jim Golby will join the Clements Center for National Security as a Senior Fellow and the Department of Government as a Lecturer. Jim is a United States Army strategist with twenty years in uniform, currently serving as a defense policy adviser at the United States Mission to NATO. His work focuses on civil-military relations, military strategy, domestic sources of foreign policy, and American national security policy. He is also the co-host of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' "Thank You for Your Service" podcast, a non-resident senior fellow with the United States Studies Centre in Sydney, Australia, and a member of the editorial board for the inter-disciplinary journal, Armed Forces & Society. 

Jim previously served as a special adviser to the Vice President of the United States, as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as an assistant professor of American Politics, Policy, and Strategy at the US Military Academy at West Point. Before becoming an Army strategist, Jim commanded a security company in Iraq (2006-07) and led a scout platoon in combat in Iraq (2004-05). He is a former International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (2016-17) and a Munich Young Leader (2017). He is currently working on two main research projects: a book project, with Dr. Peter Feaver, that examines the determinants of public confidence in the U.S. military and another project that explores how political polarization shapes American civil-military relations. Jim graduated with a BS in American Government from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the US Army in June 2001. He also holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University.