Faculty Profile

Andy Wolff

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2008)

Contact Information


Stern Center for Global Educ Room 003


His areas of teaching and research include U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, NATO and EU security policy, international relations theory, and diplomatic summitry. Dr. Wolff's primary research concerns the geopolitics of NATO enlargement and European security governance. He has been a legal staff assistant in the United States Senate and an English teacher in the Czech Republic. His publications have appeared in International Affairs, the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Contemporary Security Policy, and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.


  • B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1995
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2010

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

INST 280 American Foreign Policy
Cross-listed with POSC 280-01.

POSC 280 American Foreign Policy
Cross-listed with INST 280-01.

INST 401 Geopolitical Hotspots
This seminar investigates conflict and security problems in contemporary international relations. It uses comparative and multidisciplinary tools to examine the geopolitics of several security issues including: the war in Ukraine, cybersecurity and emerging technology, China's rising economic and military power, failing states, and conflict in Africa. With each security issue, the seminar asks what the historical roots are, what are the motivations and responses of major actors involved, and what is the overall impact of each geopolitical hotspot on the international system.

Spring 2024

INST 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with POSC 170-01.

POSC 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with INST 170-01.

INST 260 Hist of Internatn'l Relations
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to apply theories of international relations to major events and issues in world history. Concepts such as balance of power, appeasement and imperialism will be studied against the backdrop of world historical events such as the Congress of Vienna, World War II, and the Algerian War. Prerequisite: INST 170 or POSC 170.

INST 280 American Foreign Policy
A survey of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and foreign aid will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process.Prerequisite: POSC 170 or INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 280.

INST 281 Am National Security Policy
Cross-listed with POSC 281-01.

POSC 281 Am National Security Policy
Cross-listed with INST 281-01.