William Christiansen

William Christiansen

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827 W. Franklin St.
Room 320

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Ph.D. Political Science (ABD), University of South Carolina
M.A./B.A. Political Science, B.A. Philosophy, Virginia Tech


William Christiansen is an instructor who has taught online methods classes for VCU Political Science since 2018 while completing his dissertation at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Political Science. In addition to teaching online VCU classes, he has taught international relations and comparative politics classes at South Carolina since 2013.

Christiansen's dissertation focuses on how leaders are evaluated for their actions during international conflicts. A paper from another project, “Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Local Origin of Democracy Promotion," is forthcoming from International Interactions. His methodological approach involves the use of experiments and computational statistics to generate inferences about the behavior of political leaders and audiences.

Before working toward his doctorate at South Carolina, Christiansen earned a B.A. in philosophy and a B.A./M.A. in political science at Virginia Tech. 

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Christiansen, W., Heinrich, T., & Peterson, T. M. (2019). Foreign policy begins at home: the local origin of support for US democracy promotion. International Interactions, 1-22.