Albert Wolf, Ph.D

Global Fellow, Social Development and Policy
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


  • Ph.D. in Political Science (2014) – University of California, Irvine
  • Master of Arts in Political Science (2006) – The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (2005) – The Ohio State University

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University of Kosovo (RIT-K), Pristina, Kosovo (2021 – 2023)
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (2020 – 2021)
  • Assistant Professor of International Relations, American University of Kurdistan, Duhok, Iraq (2018 – 2020)
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science American University of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan (2017 – 2018)
  • Assistant Professor of International Relations, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan (2014 – 2016)


Dr. Albert Wolf is an esteemed academic with a diverse background in political science and international relations. His research interests focus on the intersection between international politics and domestic political survival as well as nuclear proliferation, with a regional focus on the Middle East. He has written extensively on audience costs theory, the Iranian nuclear program, and the Arab-Israeli dispute.

With previous positions at universities in Central Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Azerbaijan, Dr. Wolf has extensive experience in curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and student advisement.

Dr. Wolf previously worked as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he handled portfolios including foreign affairs and budget. He has also served as a foreign policy advisor to three U.S. Presidential campaigns.

He has contributed numerous peer-reviewed publications to prestigious journals, including International Security, Polity, Middle East Policy, Comparative Strategy as well as Journal of Applied History. Dr. Wolf’s commitment to education, research, and service is evident through his involvement in faculty governance, student mentoring, and academic committees. His interdisciplinary expertise, combined with a passion for teaching and research, makes him a valuable asset to the academic community.


  • “Biased Mediation and the Lessons of Westphalia for the Iran Nuclear Crisis,” Journal of Applied History, Vol. 2, No. 1,2 (2020).
  • “Strategies of Retrenchment: Rethinking America’s Commitments to the Middle East,” Comparative Strategy, Vol. 39, No. 1 (February 2020).
  • “After JCPOA: American Grand Strategy Towards Iran,” Comparative Strategy, Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 2018).
  • “Backing Down and Domestic Political Survival in Israel: Audience Costs and the Lebanon War of 2006,” Polity, Vol. 48, No. 3 (August 2016).
  • “After the Iran Deal: Competing Visions for Israel’s Nuclear Posture,” Comparative Strategy, Vol. 35, No. 2 (July 2016).
  • “The Arab Street and the Middle East Peace Process: Do Non-Democratic Institutions Constrain or Inform?” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 2 (July 2015).
  • “The Arab Street: Effects of the Six Day War,” Middle East Policy, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2015), pp. 1-15.
  • “Peacemaking and Political Survival in Sadat’s Egypt,” Middle East Policy, Vol. 21, Issue 2 (Summer 2014), pp. 127-139.
  • “Correspondence: ‘Closing the Deal with Iran,’” Survival, Vol. 55, No. 2 (April-May, 2013).
  • “Distraction Theory of War,” “Colonial Wars,” and “War Termination.” International Encyclopedia of Political Science, 2011.
  • “Structural Sources of China’s Territorial Compromises,” International Security, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Fall 2006) (correspondence with M. Taylor Fravel).
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