Campbell Craig

Photograph of Campbell Craig .

Professor in International Politics

BA Carleton College
MA University of Chicago
PhD Ohio University


Phone: +44 (0)1970 622704
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Office: 3.07


Professor Craig joined the department in 2009.  He was previously professor of international relations at the University of Southampton (2005-09), international security studies fellow and visiting associate professor in international affairs at Yale University (2004-05), and lecturer and senior lecturer in US history at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (1999-2004).  In the spring of 2009 he was a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.  He has given invited lectures at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Chicago, Columbia, Cambridge, Sciences-Po, the Free University of Berlin, the London School of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and other universities.  From September to December 2013 Professor Craig is a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.


Professor Craig writes about the history of US foreign policy, the Cold War, historical and theoretical aspects of the nuclear revolution, and contemporary international politics.  In much of his work he has sought to describe how the fear of nuclear war has shaped both foreign-policy making and discourse about politics, particularly in America, and how this fear has transformed international politics at the systemic level.  More recently he has taken an interest in conceptions of world government and, relatedly, the rising IR field of historical sociology. 

Teaching Areas

IP30420  International Politics during the Nuclear Age
IP32020  The Cold War

IPM2530  Realism in the American Century

PhD Supervision
US foreign policy
International history, especially 1941-1991
History of international relations thought, especially Realist variants of it
Theories of the nuclear revolution
Conceptions of world government

Staff Publications

Key Publications

Glimmer of a New Leviathan: Total War in the thought of Niebuhr, Morgenthau and Waltz (Columbia University Press, 2003)

The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2008, co-written with Sergey Radchenko)

America’s Cold War: the Politics of Insecurity (Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press, 2009, co-written with Fredrik Logevall)

‘American Power Preponderance and the Nuclear Revolution,’ Review of International Studies 35 (January 2009)


Works in Progress

Article on the Nuclear Revolution and Neo-Trotskyism, in preparation


Full list of publications