MacArthur Fellows Program

Alexander George

Political Scientist | Class of August 1983

Political Scientist
Stanford, California
63 at time of award
August 16, 2006
Area of Focus
Political Science
Published August 1, 1983

About Alexander's Work

Alexander George was a political scientist who specialized in international relations and political decision-making.

George distinguished himself in the study of the relationship between diplomacy and military power, and in the examination of the psychological and historical dimensions of American international involvement.  He was co-author of Woodrow Wilson and Colonel House: A Personality Study (1956), Deterrence in American Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice (1974), Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Problems of Our Time (1982 and 1995), Presidential Personality and Performance (1998), and Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (2004).  He was the author of a number of studies, including Presidential Decision Making in Foreign Policy: The Effective Use of Information and Advice (1980), Managing the U.S.-Soviet Rivalry: Problems of Crisis Prevention (1982), Avoiding War: Problems of Crisis Management (1991), Forceful Persuasion: Coercive Diplomacy As an Alternative to War (1992), and Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice in Foreign Policy (1993).


George was the Graham H. Stuart Professor Emeritus in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. 

George pursued undergraduate studies and received an M.A. (1941) and a Ph.D. (1958) from the University of Chicago. 

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