Mueller, John 1937–

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Mueller, John 1937–

(John E. Mueller, John Ernest Mueller)


Born June 21, 1937, in St. Paul, MN; son of Ernst A. (a manufacturer) and Elsie (an auditor) Mueller; married Judith A. Reader (an archivist), September 6, 1960; children: Karl, Karen, Susan. Education: University of Chicago, B.A., 1960; University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 1963, Ph.D., 1965. Politics: Independent. Hobbies and other interests: Bicycling.


Office—Department of Political Science, Ohio State University, 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201-2602. E-mail—[email protected]


Political scientist, educator, dance historian, and writer. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, assistant professor, 1965-69, associate professor, 1969-72, professor of political science, 1972-2000, professor of film studies, 1983-2000, director of dance film archive, beginning 1973; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Professor and Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies and professor of political science, and director of Dance Film Archive, 2000—. Also Institute of International Relations, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, visiting professor, 1994; University of Alberta, Canada, distinguished visiting professor, 1997; Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, guest scholar, 1997; and Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway, senior guest researcher, 2001. Also producer and director of numerous short films focusing on dance.


American Political Science Association, Dance Critics Association, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


National Science Foundation grant, 1968-70; National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1972-73; de la Torre Bueno Prize for most distinguished book-length manuscript on dance, 1983, for Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films; Joseph Lepgold Prize for the best book on international relations, 2004, for The Remnants of War; Warren J. Mitofsky award for excellence in public opinion research, 2007.


Deterrence, Numbers and History, University of California (Los Angeles, CA), 1968.

(Editor) Approaches to Measurement in International Relations, Appleton (New York, NY), 1969.

War, Presidents, and Public Opinion, Wiley (New York, NY), 1973.

Films on Ballet and Modern Dance: Notes and a Directory, American Dance Guild (New York, NY), 1974.

Dance Film Directory: An Annotated and Evaluative Guide to Films on Ballet and Modern Dance, Princeton Books (Princeton, NJ), 1979.

Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films, Knopf (New York, NY), 1985.

(With Richard G. Niemi and Tom W. Smith) Trends in Public Opinion: A Compendium of Survey Data, Greenwood Press (New York, NY), 1989.

Retreat from Doomsday: The Obsolescence of Major War, Basic (New York, NY), 1989.

Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1994.

Quiet Cataclysm: Reflections on the Recent Transformation of World Politics, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995.

(Editor, with Randall L. Calvert and Rick K. Wilson) William H. Riker, The Strategy of Rhetoric: Campaigning for the American Constitution, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1996.

(With Norm Foster) A Foggy Day (musical play), produced at Shaw Festival, Ontario, Canada, 1998.

Capitalism, Democracy, and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1999.

Peace, Prosperity, and Politics, Westview (Boulder, CO), 2000.

The Remnants of War, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2004.

Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them, Free Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Also author of musical play One for My Baby. Author of "Film," column in Dance, 1974—. Contributor of articles to political science, film, and dance journals, including American Political Science Review, International Security, American Journal of Political Science, Foreign Affairs, International Studies Quarterly, Reason, National Interest, and New Republic, as well as op-ed pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Contributor to books, including The Limits of Military Interventions, edited by Ellen P. Stern, Sage Publications, 1977; Vietnam Reconsidered, edited by Harrison E. Salisbury, Harper, 1984; Vietnam as History, edited by Peter Braestrup, University Press of America, 1984; Democracy, Strategy, and Vietnam: Implications for American Policymaking, edited by George K. Osborn, Asa A. Clark IV, Daniel J. Kaufman, and Douglas E. Lute, Lexington, 1987; Soviet-American Relations After the Cold War, edited by Robert Jervis and Seweryn Bialer, Duke University Press, 1991; After the Cold War: Questioning the Morality of Nuclear Deterrence, edited by Charles W. Kegley, Jr., and Kenneth L. Schwab, Westview Press, 1991; Psychology of the Gulf War: Leaders, Publics, and the Process of Conflict, edited by Stanley A. Renshon, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993; Nuclear Rivalry and International Order, edited by Jørn Gjelstad and Olav Njølstad, Thousand Oaks, 1996; The Absolute Weapon Revisited: Nuclear Arms and the Emerging International Order, edited by T.V. Paul, Richard J. Harknett, and James J. Wirtz, University of Michigan Press, 1998; Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy since 1945, edited by John Lewis Gaddis, Philip H. Gordon, Ernest R. May, and Jonathan Rosenberg, Oxford University Press, 1999; Lessons in Democracy (Krakow, Poland and Rochester), edited by Ewa Hauser and Jacek Wasilewski, Jagiellonian University Press and University of Rochester Press, 1999; Understanding Public Opinion, 2nd edition, edited by Barbara Norrander and Clyde Wilcox, CQ Press, 2002; The Real Lessons of the Vietnam War: Reflections Twenty-five Years after the Fall of Saigon, edited by Robert T. Turner, Carolina Academic Press, 2002; Building a Trustworthy State: Problems of Post Socialist Transition, edited by Janos Kornai and Susan Rose Ackerman, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004; Redefining Sovereignty: The Use of Force after the Cold War, edited by Michael Bothe, Mary Ellen O'Connell, and Natalino Ronzitti, Transnational Publishers, 2005; Force and Legitimacy in World Politics, edited by David Armstrong, Theo Farrell, and Bice Maiguashca, Cambridge University Press, 2005; and Vietnam in Iraq: Tactics, Lessons, Legacies, and Ghosts, edited by John Dumbrell and David Ryan, Routledge, 2007. Also coeditor of Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 1985-89; editorial board member of Public Opinion Quarterly, 1988-91, and editorial board member of Journal of Cold War Studies, 1999—.


John Mueller is a political scientist who pursues research and teaching interests in international relations, public opinion, post-Communism, terrorism, national security policy, and diplomatic and military history. In his 2006 book, Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them, the author presents his hypothesis that the government overreacted to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and that the threat of terrorism is not as great as the government has been telling people. The author also explores how other threats have been exaggerated in the past and makes suggestions for creating new policies not based on fear. Noting that the author "examines how terrorism hyper-vigilance is threatening civil liberties, the economy, and lives," Vanessa Bush, writing in Booklist, called Overblown "interesting reading."



Armed Forces & Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, winter, 1995, review of Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War, p. 297.

Booklist, November 15, 2006, Vanessa Bush, review of Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them, p. 10.

Journal of Economic Literature, March, 2001, review of Peace, Prosperity, and Politics, p. 205.

Journal of the History of Ideas, October, 1994, review of Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War, p. 702.

New Republic, December 11, 2006, Cass R. Sunstein, review of Overblown, p. 29.

Prairie Schooner, winter, 1995, review of Quiet Cataclysm: Reflections on the Recent Transformation of World Politics, p. 636.


Ohio State University Department of Political Science Web site, (November 16, 2007), faculty profile of author.