Inboden, William | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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, DC, 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 Reagan administration national security policy, and a history of totalitarian ideologies and religious intolerance.

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


Media MentionJune 5, 2020
Presidents and the books they wrote

In this episode, LBJ's Will Inboden, and author and journalist Craig Fehrman, discuss his book, Author and Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote. In this fascinating conversation, Inboden and Fehrman examine the relationships between presidents and their ghost writers. In addition, they talk about how it is that presidents use these books to advance their political views, careers, and at times, their financial well-being.

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Media MentionJanuary 13, 2020
Trump says it doesn't matter if Soleimani posed an imminent threat

LBJ Professor Will Inboden, chair of the Clements Center for National Security, commented to The Hill on the Trump administration's take that it doesn't matter whether Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the U.S. 

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Media MentionNovember 22, 2019
Former national security official says impeachment drama distracts White House, as international challenges grow

William Inboden of UT-Austin's LBJ school says he's never seen White House spokespeople disparage their colleagues like they've done to those testifying in the impeachment hearing.

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