Avery Goldstein

David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations
206 Stiteler Hall
Office Hours: Monday 1:30PM - 3:30PM
898-7647

Avery Goldstein is the David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations in the Political Science Department, Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on international relations, security studies, and Chinese politics. He is the author of Rising to the Challenge: China’s Grand Strategy and International Security (Stanford University Press, 2005), Deterrence and Security in the 21st Century: China, Britain, France and the Enduring Legacy of the Nuclear Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2000), and From Bandwagon to Balance of Power Politics: Structural Constraints and Politics in China, 1949-1978 (Stanford University Press, 1991). Among his other publications are articles in the journals International Security, International Organization, Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Comparative Politics, Orbis, and Polity as well as chapters in a variety of edited volumes. Goldstein is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

Research Interests: 
  • International Relations Theory
  • Strategic/Security Studies
  • Chinese Politics
Selected Publications: 

Selected Books and Chapters

The Nexus of Economics, Security, and International Relations in East Asia (ed., with Edward D. Mansfield), (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012). Buy this book from the publisher.

 “U.S.-China Interactions in Asia,” in David Shambaugh, ed., Tangled Titans: The United States and China  (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012), pp. 263-291. Buy this book from the publisher.

Rising to the Challenge: China’s Grand Strategy and International Security. (Stanford University Press, 2005). Buy this book from the publisher.

Deterrence and Security in the 21st Century : China, Britain, France, and the Enduring Legacy of the Nuclear Revolution. (Stanford University Press, 2000). Buy this book from the publisher.

From Bandwagon to Balance-of-Power Politics: Structural Constraints and Politics in China, 1949-1978. (Stanford University Press, 1991). Buy this book from the publisher.

"Parsing China's Rise: International Circumstances and National Attributes," in Robert S. Ross and Zhu Feng, eds., China's Ascent: Power, Security, and The Future of International Politics (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008). Buy this book from the publisher.

"Across the Yalu: China's Interests and the Koream Peninsula in a Changing World," in Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert S, Ross, eds., New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006), pp. 131-161. Buy this book from the publisher.

Selected Journal Articles

“China's Real and Present Danger: Now Is the Time for Washington to Worry,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 92, no. 5 (September/October 2013), pp. 136-44.

“First Things First: The Pressing Danger of Crisis Instability in U.S.-China Relations,” International Security, vol. 37, no. 4 (Spring 2013), pp. 49-89.

“When Fighting Ends: Peace & Prosperity in East Asia,” with Edward D. Mansfield, Cover Story, Global Asia Vol. 6, No. 2 (Summer 2011), pp. 9-15. http://www.globalasia.org/V6N2_Summer_2011/Avery_Goldstein&Edward_D_Mansfield.html

"Power Transitions, Institutions, and China's Rise in East Asia: Theoretical Expectations and Evidence." The Journal of Strategic Studies Vol. 30, No. 4-5 (August-October 2007), pp. 639-682.

"Great Expectations: Interpreting China's Arrival." International Security 22: 3 (Winter 1997/98), pp. 36-73. Reprinted as the lead chapter in Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Cote, Jr., Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller, The Rise of China (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000), pp. 3-40.

"Discounting the Free Ride: Alliances and Security in the Postwar World." International Organization 49: 1 (Winter 1995), pp. 39-71.

Courses Taught: 
  • International Security
  • Strategic Studies (Graduate Seminar)
  • Contemporary Chinese Politics
  • International Relations Theory (Graduate Seminar)

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair