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Prof. Dr. Jean A. Garrison


Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe"

Home Institution: University of Wyoming

Senior Visiting Researcher

Ihnestr. 26
14195 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jean A. Garrison has been Visiting Fellow at the KFG in October 2015, December 2015 and May 2016.

Short CV

Jean Garrison is director of the Center for Global Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Wyoming in the United States. Previously she served as interim chair for the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (2014-15) and Director of the Global and Area Studies Program (formerly International Studies) from 2008-14. In Fall 2015 and May 2016 she stays at the KFG researching climate and energy security policy.   

Garrison is past recipient of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship and has worked in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the U.S. State Department. She also has been a visiting fellow with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in Washington, DC. She is the author of three books: China and the Energy Equation in Asia (Lynne Rienner, 2009), Making China Policy (Lynne Rienner, 2005), and Games Advisors Play (Texas A&M University Press, 1999) and numerous articles and book chapters. Her research focuses on U.S. foreign policy with an emphasis on U.S.-China relations, leadership, small group dynamics, and energy and climate security. At the University of Wyoming, she has been the recipient of a number of awards including the President’s Stewardship Award, Outstanding Research in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Outstanding Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences. Garrison holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wyoming.

Curriculum Vitae

Main Fields of Interest

  •     American Foreign Policy
  •     Leadership, Group Dynamics and Bureaucratic Politics
  •     US-China Relations
  •     Energy Security

Recent publications


  • 2009, China and the Energy Equation in Asia: Determinants of Policy Choice (Boulder, CO; First Forum Press, a division of Lynne Rienner Publishers), pp. v-187.

  • 2005, Making China Policy: Nixon to G.W. Bush (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers), pp. v-255.
  • 1999, Games Advisors Play: Foreign Policy in the Nixon and Carter Administrations (College Station: Texas A & M University Press), pp. xiii-192.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • co-authored with Jerel Rosati and James Scott, 2015, “President Obama and His Foreign Policy Team: Possibilities and Pitfalls of the Team of Rivals Model in Foreign Policymaking,” White House Studies.
  • co-authored with Ahad Abdurahmonov, 2011, “Explaining the Central Asian Energy Game: Complex Interdependence and How Small States Influence their Big Neighbors,” Asian Perspective, Vol 35, no. 3 (July-September 2011), pp. 381-405.
  • co-authored with Ralph Carter and Stephen Redd, 2010, “Energy Security Under Conditions of Uncertainty: Simulating a Comparative Bureaucratic Approach,” Journal of Political Science Education, Vol. 6, no.1., pp. 1-30.
  • 2007, “Managing the U.S.-China Foreign Economic Dialogue: Building Greater Coordination and New Habits of Consultation,” Asia Policy, No. 4, pp. 165-175.
  • 2007, “Constructing the ‘National Interest’ in U.S.-China Policy Making: How Foreign Policy Decision Groups Define and Signal Policy Choices,” Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 105-126.
  • 2005, “China’s Prudent Cultivation of ‘Soft’ Power and Implications for U.S. Policy in East Asia,” Asian Affairs: An American Review, Vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 25-30.
  • 2003 (editor), “Foreign Policy Analysis in 20/20: A Symposium,” International Studies Review, Vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 155-202.
  • 2003, “Foreign Policy Decisionmaking and Group Dynamics: Where We've Been and Where We're Going,” International Studies Review, Vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 177-183.
  • 2002, “Explaining Change in the Carter Administration’s China Policy: Foreign Policy Advisor Manipulation of the Policy Agenda,” Asian Affairs: An American Review, Vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 83-98.
  • 2001, "Framing Foreign Policy Alternatives in the Inner Circle: The President, His Advisors, and the Struggle for the Arms Control Agenda,”Political Psychology, Vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 775-807.
  • 2000, "Framing the National Interest in U.S.-China Relations: Building Consensus Around Rapprochement," Asian Perspective, Vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 103-134.
  • co-authored with Paul Hoyt and Deborah Wituski, 1997, “Managing Intragroup Relations in Foreign Policy: Prescriptions, Assumptions, and Consequences,” Cooperation and Conflict: The Nordic Journal of International Studies, Vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 261-286.

Refereed Chapters in Books

  • 2012, “Policy Commitment and Resistance to Change in U.S.-Chinese Relations: The George H.W. Bush Administration’s Response to Tiananmen Square” in When Things Go Wrong: Foreign Policy Decision Making under Adverse Feedback edited by Charles F. Hermann, London, Routledge.
  • 2011, “China's Quest for Energy Security: Political, Economic, and Security Implications,” in China's Energy Relations with the Global South, edited by Carrie Currier and Manochehr Dorraj, New York: Continuum Books, pp. 38-64.
  • 2011, “China's Search for Energy Security and Climate Security in an Interdependent World,” in The People's Republic of China Today: Internal and External Challenges edited by Zhiqun Zhu, (Singapore; London, World Scientific, 2011), pp. 331-356.
  • 2010, “Small Group Dynamics and Foreign Policy Decision Making,” In The International Studies Association Compendium Project, edited by Robert Denemark, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2008, “The Domestic Political Game Behind the Engagement Strategy,” In China-U.S. Relations Transformed: Perspectives and Strategic Interactions, edited by Suisheng Zhao, London, Routledge, pp. 141-158.
  • co-authored with Paul Hoyt, 1997, “Political Manipulation Within the Small Group: Foreign Policy Advisers in the Carter Administration,” In Beyond Groupthink, edited by Paul ‘t Hart, Eric Stern and Bengt Sundelius, University of Michigan Press, pp. 249-274.