Jeff D. Colgan is the Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and 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 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-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.
International Political Economy
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War (Cambridge University Press 2013)
The Promise and Peril of International Trade (Broadview Press 2005)
Selected Blog Posts
New evidence on gender bias in IR syllabi (Duck of Minerva)
From West Texas to the World (Foreign Affairs.com)
How sectarianism shapes Yemen's war (Monkey Cage / Washington Post)
Petro-aggression: how Russia's oil makes war more likely (Monkey Cage / Washington Post)
OPEC, the Phantom Menace (Monkey Cage / Washington Post)
40 years after the oil crisis: could it happen again? (Monkey Cage / Washington Post)
"Climate Change and the Politics of Military Bases," Global Environmental Politics, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 33-51, (2018).
"Review of _Over the Horizon_ by David Edelstein," H-Diplo, vol. 10, no. 12, 04/25/2018, Book Review, Published.
"Climate Change Will Further Complicated the Politics of U.S. Military Bases," New Security Beat, 02/19/2018, Non-Peer Reviewed, Published.
"The climate is changing. Here's how politics will also change.," Washington Post/MC, 10/08/2018, Non-Peer Reviewed, Published.
"Saudi Arabia hinted at a U.S. oil embargo. It's not 1973.," Washington Post/MC, 10/16/2018, Non-Peer Reviewed, Published.
"Qatar will leave OPEC. Here's what this means.," Washington Post/MC, 12/10/2018, Non-Peer Reviewed, Published.
"The Market is Valuing Climate Risk All Wrong," Global Policy, 07/05/2018, Non-Peer Reviewed, Published.
"Where is IR going? Evidence from graduate training" IR syllabi - Colgan ISQ (forthcoming)
"Revolutions, Personalist Dictatorships, and International Conflict" Colgan and Weeks-2015.pdf
"Oil, Domestic Conflict, and Opportunities for Democratization" Colgan 2015 JPR.pdf
"The Emperor Has No Clothes: The Limits of OPEC" Colgan-OPEC - 2014.docx
"Mechanisms of informal governance: Evidence from the IEA" [journal page]
"Oil, Domestic Politics, and International Conflict" Colgan - 2014 - ERSS.pdf
"Fueling the Fire: Pathways from Oil to War" Colgan - 2013 - IS.pdf
"Domestic Revolutionary Leaders and International Conflict" Colgan - 2013 - World Politics.pdf
"Protecting Sovereignty, Protecting the Planet" Green and Colgan 2013 - Final.pdf
"Measuring Revolution" Colgan - 2012 - CMPS.pdf
"Punctuated Equilibrium in the Energy Regime Complex" Colgan et al. - 2011 - RIO.pdf
"Venezuela and Military Expenditure Data" Colgan - 2011 - JPR.pdf
"Oil and Resource-Backed Aggression" Colgan - 2011 - Energy Policy.pdf
"Oil and Revolutionary Governments: Fuel for International Conflict" Colgan - 2010 - IO .pdf
"The International Energy Agency - Challenges for the 21st Century" Colgan 2009 - GPPi_PP6_IEA_final.pdf
June 30, 2020
In June 2020 Jeff Colgan co-wrote, "Asset Revaluation and the Existential Politics of Climate Change," a piece focused on a dynamic theory of climate politics based on the present and future revaluation of assets that accelerate climate change, such as fossil fuel plants.
June 3, 2020
The New Yorker
Jeff Colgan was cited in this article stating, “Warning lights for democracy are flashing all over the dashboard...There are just multiple threats.”
June 1, 2020
This column references the research of Jeff Colgan.
May 8, 2020
Jeff Colgan in The Guardian, "Nothing lasts forever in the oil business but low oil prices are probably here to stay for at least the rest of the year and perhaps much longer."
April 21, 2020
This article references tweets by Jeff Colgan about the impact crude oil prices will have on the U.S. economy.
April 6, 2020
In this panel discussion, Jeff Colgan speaks on the oil price feud between Saudi Arabia and Russia, and whether an intervention by Trump will be enough to end the rift.
March 17, 2020
In this interview, Jeff Colgan discusses the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia - a dispute that recently caused the lowest price drop in four years.