Watson Institute at Brown University
Development Studies
Jeff Colgan

Jeff Colgan

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Jeff Colgan

Director of Climate Solutions Lab
Richard Holbrooke Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: International order; energy; climate change; oil politics; causes of war


Jeff D. Colgan is the Richard Holbrooke Associate 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 Warwas published in 2013 by Cambridge University PressHe 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-US Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s in Public Policy.  Dr. Colgan has worked with the World Bank, McKinsey & Company, and The Brattle Group.


  • Politics of Climate Change
  • International Political Economy
  • Geopolitics of Oil and Energy


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

Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War (Cambridge University Press 2013)

The Promise and Peril of International Trade (Broadview Press 2005)

Published Articles

"International Energy Politics in an Age of Climate Change,” Annual Reviews of Political Science (forthcoming June 2023)

"Asset Revaluation and the Existential Politics of Climate Change” International Organization, vol 75, Special Issue 2, Spring 2021, pp.586-610

"Climate Change and the Politics of Military Bases," Global Environmental Politics, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 33-51, (2018).

[Other publications available at: https://sites.google.com/site/jeffdcolgan/research ]