Nau, Henry R. 1941–

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Nau, Henry R. 1941–

(Henry Richard Nau)

PERSONAL: Born December 10, 1941; married; wife's name Marion M.; children: Kimberly. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. (with honors), 1963; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, M.A. (with distinction), 1967, Ph.D., 1972. Hobbies and other interests: Sports.

ADDRESSES: Home—7409 River Falls Dr., Potomac, MD 20854. Office—1957 E St., NW Ste. 501, Washington, DC 20052. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Political scientist, educator, and writer. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, intern at Vietnam Bureau, 1966; National Cash Register Co., Augsburg, West Germany (now Germany), marketing researcher, 1967; Williams College, Williamstown, MA, assistant professor of political science, 1971–73; George Washington University, Washington, DC, assistant professor, 1973–76, associate professor, 1976–84, professor of political science and international affairs, 1984–, associate dean of Elliot School of International Affairs, 1988–92. Director of U.S.-Japan Economic Agenda and of U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs; Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswätige Politik, visiting research fellow, 1969–70; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, visiting professor of European studies, 1975–77; Stanford University, visiting associate professor, 1977; Columbia University, visiting associate professor, 1977–78; Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research, research associate, 1979–80, visiting professor, 1984–85, fellow of Foreign Policy Institute, 1987; University of Miami, visiting scholar at Law and Economics Center, 1980; Smithsonian Institute, fellow of Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1987; lecturer at Foreign Service Institute, Air War College, Inter-American Defense College, Air Command and Staff College, and National Defense University. U.S. Department of State, special assistant to under-secretary for economic affairs, 1975–77, and member of Advisory Committee on International Investment; National Security Council, senior staff member and director of Division for International Economic Affairs, 1981–83. Member of United Nations Committee for Development Planning and Council on Foreign Relations; Overseas Development Council, member of program advisory board; Curry Foundation, member of program advisory committee; consultant to SRI International, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and National Academy of Sciences. Military service: U.S. Army, 1963–65; served in Airborne division; became lieutenant.

MEMBER: Society for International Development (Pakistan; member of North-South Roundtable on Trade), Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: National Science Foundation grant, 1974–75; international affairs fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 1975–76; Superior Honor Award, U.S. Department of State, 1977; Smith-Richardson Foundation fellowship, 1987.


National Politics and International Technology: Nuclear Reactor Development in Western Europe, Johns Hopkins Press (Baltimore, MD), 1974.

(Editor) Technology Transfer and U.S. Foreign Policy, Praeger (New York, NY), 1976.

(Editor and contributor) Domestic Trade Politics and the Uruguay Round, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1989.

The Myth of America's Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990s, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1990.

Trade and Security: U.S. Policies at Cross-Purposes, American Enterprise Institute (Washington, DC), 1995.

At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2002.

Contributor to books, including Oil and the Atom: Issues in US-Japan Energy Relations, edited by Michael Blaker, East Asia Institute, Columbia University 1980; National Policies for Developing High Technology Industries, edited by Francis W. Rushing and Carole Ganz Brown, Westview, 1986; Keeping Pace: U.S. Policies and Global Economic Change, edited by John Yochelson, Ballinger, 1988; and Controlling East-West Trade and Technology Transfer, edited by Gary Bertsch, Duke University Press, 1988. Contributor to scholarly journals. Member of board of editors and executive committee, International Organization, 1977–81.

SIDELIGHTS: Henry R. Nau is a political scientist whose expertise includes U.S. foreign policy and foreign economic policy, international politics, and international political economy. He has written and contributed to several books on these topics, including The Myth of America's Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990s. "Nau's book is primarily a guide to postwar international economic policy," according to Doug Bandow in the National Review. "It is a sober and thoughtful work, eschewing partisanship while examining the differences between various administrations' policies." Ethan B. Kapstein commented in Business History Review: "This book will still be read long after many other academic fashions have come and gone."

In his 2002 book, At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy, the author discusses various aspects of U.S. foreign policy, including the need to maintain a powerful military while taking a new approach to foster democratic relationships among nations in Western Europe and Asia. "The book seeks to bridge the gap between two major schools of thought: realism, which sees U.S. foreign policy as driven by material factors, and constructivism, which emphasizes the influence of ideas on American behavior abroad," reported Stephen R. Rock in the Political Science Quarterly. Rock added: "At Home Abroad has something for everyone. The work is not theoretically path-breaking, but scholars will find value in Nau's novel synthesis of competing paradigmatic traditions." Library Journal critic James R. Holmes observed that the author "strives to transcend the perennial, and sterile, debate between realists and idealists."



Business History Review, autumn, 1991, Ethan B. Kapstein, review of The Myth of America's Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990s, p. 688.

Library Journal, April 1, 2002, James R. Holmes, review of At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy, p. 127.

National Review, May 27, 1991, Doug Bandow, review of The Myth of America's Decline, p. 50.

Political Science Quarterly, fall, 2002, Stephen R. Rock, review of At Home Abroad, p. 499.


George Washington University Web site, (February 17, 2006), faculty profile of the author.

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