Robert J Lieber


Professor, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service


Department of Government
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Robert J. Lieber is Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, where he has previously served as Chair of the Government Department and Interim Chair of Psychology. In addition, he chairs the Executive Committee of Georgetown’s Center for Jewish Civilization. He is author or editor of seventeen books on international relations and U.S. foreign policy and has been an advisor to presidential campaigns, to the State Department, and to the drafters of U.S. National Intelligence Estimates. He was born and raised in Chicago, received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard. He held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. He also has taught at Harvard, Oxford and the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques in Paris, the Brookings Institution in Washington, and Fudan University in Shanghai. His articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, and his media appearances have included the PBS NewsHour, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, and programs in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Professor Lieber has been a recipient of Georgetown University’s Career Research Achievement Award and the Hepburn-Shibusawa Distinguished Senior Lectureship at the University of Tokyo. His latest book is Retreat and its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is also an avid tennis player, and among his other credits is a walk-on part in the Alfred Hitchcock film classic, North by Northwest.


  • Ph.D. (1968) Harvard University, Department of Government
  • B.A. (high honors) (1963) University of Wisconsin, Political Science