William Newmann

William W. Newmann, Ph.D.


(804) 828-2076

827 West Franklin Street, Room 318

Curriculum vitae

Presidential Decision Making

U.S. National Security

East Asian Security


  • Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
  • M.A., Political Science, Drew University, 1985
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

Research Interests

  • Presidential decision making
  • U.S. national security
  • East Asian security

Select Publications

  • Isolation and Engagement: Presidential Decision Making on China from Kennedy to Nixon (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, July 2022)
  • Managing National Security Policy: The President and the Process (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, July 2003)
  • “Deterrence and Commitment Across the Taiwan Strait: Lessons from Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy,” War on the Rocks, December 19, 2022
  • “Simulating the US National Security Interagency Process: Solid Foundations and a Method of Assessment.” (with William T. Christiansen). Journal of Political Science Education (2022): 1-18.


  • Affiliate faculty, Wilder School, VCU


  • POLI 308: U.S. Presidency
  • INTL 355: Asian Governments and Politics 
  • INTL 361: Issues in World Politics 
  • INTL 363: US Foreign Policy 
  • HSEP 301: Terrorism (POLI 367)


  • Elske V. P. Smith Award, College of Humanities and Sciences, 2023
  • VCU REAL, Outstanding Mentor Award, 2021
  • College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, 2017
  • Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Teaching Award, 2011
  • Presidential Studies Quarterly Journal's Best Article 2001 for "Causes of Change in National Security Processes: Carter, Reagan, and Bush Decision Making on Arms Control," Presidential Studies Quarterly 31, no. 1 (March 2001)