Jeff Colgan

Director of Climate Solutions Lab, Director of the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, Richard Holbrooke Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
111 Thayer Street, Room 303
Areas of Expertise Energy & Environment, Energy Security, International Institutions, Political Economy, Trade, US Foreign Policy
Areas of Interest International order; energy; climate change; oil politics; causes of war


Jeff D. Colgan is the Richard Holbrooke Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Climate Solutions Lab at the Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs at Brown University. His research focuses on international order, especially as related to energy and the environment.

His latest book, "Partial Hegemony: Oil Politics and International Order" was published in September 2021 by Oxford University Press. His book won the 2021 Best Book Prize (Energy Policy, Non-Fiction) from the American Energy Society. His previous book, "Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War," was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He has published work in International Organization, Foreign Affairs, World Politics, International Security and elsewhere. He also occasionally blogs at the Monkey Cage and Foreign Affairs. On Twitter, he is @JeffDColgan

Professor Colgan previously taught at the School of International Service of American University 2010-2014, and was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC in 2012-13.  He completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University and was a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s in Public Policy.  Colgan has worked with the World Bank, McKinsey & Company and The Brattle Group.


Partial Hegemony: Oil Politics and International Order  (Oxford University Press, 2021)


Politics of Climate Change

International Political Economy

Geopolitics of Oil and Energy

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Jeff Colgan comments for The Capitol Forum, "On one hand, they argue that oil is a global market, and therefor the mergers should be allowed because consolidation in the US oil industry won't matter much globally."
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