Dr. John Schuessler has put American grand strategy front and center since arriving at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Schuessler is currently researching how we can think more systematically about the United States as an offshore balancer in the grand strategy realm.
As Director of the Center for Grand Strategy, Schuessler has also been instrumental in hosting events on behalf of the Bush School’s Albritton Center for Grand Strategy (CGS), including a recent one featuring Georgetown University’s Elizabeth Saunders on expanding presidential power. In April, CGS will cohost, with the Texas A&M University Libraries, a symposium on the Berlin Airlift.
Schuessler arrived in College Station in 2016, drawn to the Bush School’s unique focus on public service. The Illinois native received his master’s and PhD from the University of Chicago. His research interests include security studies, American grand strategy, and diplomatic and military history. He currently is Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs and Co-academic Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy.
Former Bush School professor Josh Shifrinson is working on a project with Schuessler about how insular states, those that are surrounded by water, expand abroad. The two professors plan to generate a series of articles from the project.
When asked about the Bush School, Schuessler said, “What I like most about the Bush School is how devoted the students and faculty are to improving public life and improving public policy and genuinely committing to a life of service.”