2023 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner

Michael A. Goldfien
Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval War College

Dr. Michael A. Goldfien received the 2023 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award at International Leadership Association's 25th Annual Global Conference for his doctoral dissertation, “Essays on Leadership, Domestic Politics, and Diplomacy.”

His research focuses on leadership and the politics of diplomacy at the international and domestic levels. More specifically, he looked at how leaders shape and intervene in their domestic environment to gain diplomatic advantages on the international stage and examines how political accountability constrains leaders on matters of cooperation. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Security Studies, and the Journal of Politics, to name a few. He holds a Ph.D. in political science with distinction from Yale University, an M.A. in international policy studies from Stanford University, and a B.A. in international relations from Grinnell College.

Currently, he is employed as an assistant professor in the National Security Affairs department at the U.S. Naval War College.

The Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award is given annually to a scholar whose doctoral dissertation research, while on any topic and from any discipline, demonstrates substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership. The award was established to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Fredric M. Jablin (1952-2004). Recipients are honored during the conference and invited to give a talk on their work at ILA’s global conference.