Graham Tillett Allison, Jr.
(born 23 March 1940) is an American political scientist
and professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
. He is renowned for his contribution in the late 1960s and early 1970s to the bureaucratic analysis of decision making
, especially during times of crisis. His book Remaking Foreign Policy: The Organizational Connection
, co-written with Peter Szanton
, was published in 1976 and had some influence on the foreign policy of the administration of President Jimmy Carter
which took office in early 1977. Since the 1970s, Allison has also been a leading analyst of U.S. national security
and defense policy, with a special interest in nuclear weapons
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina
, Allison graduated from Harvard University
in 1962 with an A.B.
, completed a B.A.
at Oxford University
as a Marshall Scholar
in 1964, then returned to Harvard to earn a PhD
degree in political science in 1968.
Allison has spent his entire academic career at Harvard, as an assistant professor (1968), associate professor (1970), then full professor (1972) in the department of government. He was dean
of the John F. Kennedy School of Government
from 1977 to 1989
, during which time the School increased in size by 400% and its endowment increased by 700%. Allison is presently Douglas Dillon
Professor of Government, and Director for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Allison has also been a fellow of... Read More