Education
  • Ph.D. in History, Yale University
  • M.Phil. in History, Yale University
  • M.A. in History, Yale University
Research Areas
  • National Security Policy and Grand Strategy
  • American Presidency and National Security Policy
  • Religion, International Religious Freedom and Foreign Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Intelligence and National Security

William Inboden joined the LBJ School faculty after many years of working as a policymaker in Washington, D.C., and directing a foreign policy think tank overseas. He is the William Powers, Jr. Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security and a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He is also a National Intelligence Council associate and is on the CIA Director’s Historical Review Panel. He previously served as senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council, he worked on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and he served as a congressional staff member. Inboden’s think-tank experience includes the American Enterprise Institute and running the London-based Legatum Institute. He is a Council on Foreign Relations life member and a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Weekly Standard, NPR, CNN and BBC. His classes, Ethics & International Relations and Presidential Decision-Making in National Security, have been selected in recent years as the "Best Class in the LBJ School." His current research includes American grand strategy, a history of the National Security Council and a history of totalitarian ideologies and religious intolerance.

Media Expertise
  • National Security
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

Newsworthy

Media MentionFebruary 25, 2017
Insight and Books

BookPeople hosted LBJ professors Jeremi Suri, William Inboden and Joshua Busby for a panel discussion and book signing on “Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security Strategy.” 

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Media MentionFebruary 13, 2017
A Strategic Human Rights Agenda for the Tillerson State Department

Professor Will Inboden writes about the importance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson focusing on human rights challenges: "In addition to the moral imperatives of supporting human rights, doing so now also offers considerable strategic advantages." 

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Media MentionJanuary 29, 2017
Tough Tasks Await Tillerson at State Department
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