Brock Tessman is Associate Professor of International Affairs, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis), and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He earned his B.A. from Brown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in December 2004. Prior to arriving at the University of Georgia in 2006, Tessman served as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder 2004, Political Science
M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder 2001, International Affairs
B.A., Brown University 1998, International Relations, with honors
Great Power Politics
American Foreign Policy
American Grand Strategy
East Asian Politics
Simulations & Gaming
At the University of Georgia, Tessman’s research has focused on the relationship between relative power trends and foreign policy, international security, and conflict. He is specifically interested in the way that leaders think about growth and decline in the context of security threats. In 2008, he received a Fellowship through the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University in order to study the “Grand Strategy of American Decline.” Although he is an international relations scholar, his geographic focus has been on East Asia and the security relationship between China, Japan, Korea, and the United States. Tessman’s articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, International Studies Review, the Journal of Strategic Studies, International Interactions, and Asian Security. Tessman has also written a world politics simulation handbook (International Relations in Action, Lynne Rienner Publishers).
Tessman’s teaching has been recognized with a number of teaching awards at the University of Georgia, including the Richard B. Russell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the School of Public and International Affairs Teaching Award, the UGA Student Government Professor Recognition Award, and the University of Georgia’s Innovative Instruction Grant. In the classroom, Tessman develops and uses formal simulations and games in order to maximize student engagement, intellectual synthesis, and the benefits of structured competition. Outside the classroom, Tessman directs the Globis Asia Study Abroad Program, advises numerous student organizations, and is very active in UGA’s Honors Program.
Outside of work, Tessman is an avid distance runner and a board game enthusiast.
- 2013 University of Georgia Innovative Instruction Grant (UGA)
- 2012 Student Government Association Professor Recognition Award (UGA)
- 2012 School of Public and International Affairs Summer Research Award (UGA)
- 2010 Richard B. Russell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (UGA)
- 2009 School of Public and International Affairs Excellence in Teaching Award (UGA)
INTL 8230 International Conflict
Tessman's general areas of research interest include American Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy, foreign relations of the Great Powers, and international security in the Twenty-First Century. His more specific research focuses on the relationship between rising powers and instability in the international system.
- 2012 “Bang for the Buck: Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Military Aid,” Security and Defense Studies Review, Vol. 13 (2012), 13-35 (with Patricia Sullivan).
2012 “System Structure and State Strategy: Adding Hedging to the Menu,” Security Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2012), 192-231.
- 2012 “China’s Global Equity Oil Investments: Economic and Geopolitical Influences," Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2 (2012), 175-196 (with Wojtek Wolfe).
Brock F. Tessman, “U.S. Military Aid and Recipient State Cooperation,” Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 7, No. 3 (2011), 275-294 (with Patricia Sullivan and Xiaojun Li).
- Brock F. Tessman, “Great Powers and Strategic Hedging: The Case of Chinese Energy Security,” International Studies Review, Vol. 13, No. 2 (2011), 214-240 (with Wojtek Wolfe).
Brock F. Tessman, “The Evolution of Chinese Foreign Policy: New Incentives with Slowing Growth,” Asian Security, Vol.5, No.3 (2009) 296-318.
- Brock F. Tessman, International Relations in Action: A World Politics Simulation. (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007).