Walt appointed Master for Social SciencesStephen Walt, Professor in Political Science, has been appointed Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of the Social Sciences Division, effective July 1. He succeeds Andrew Abbott, Professor in Sociology.
"Steve Walt is an extremely influential and productive scholar and a brilliant teacher," said John Boyer, Dean of the College. "I am delighted that he has agreed to take on the Social Sciences Mastership in the College and the Deputy Deanship in the Division of the Social Sciences. Steve will be a worthy successor to Andy Abbott, who has done a tremendous job during his three and a half years as Master and Deputy Dean."
"This is an exciting period in the history of the College," Walt said. "I'm looking forward to helping shape a future for the College that builds upon its existing strengths."
Walt studies international relations with a focus on the causes of international alliances and their effect on wars. He is the author of many articles on international politics and foreign policy, as well as two books, The Origins of Alliances (1987) and Revolution and War (1996).
Walt received his B.A. in 1977 from Stanford and his M.A in 1978 and his Ph.D. in 1983 from Berkeley. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He taught at Princeton for five years before joining the Chicago faculty in 1989.