Stephen Wertheim is a historian of the United States in the world. He is Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute. He is also a Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.
Stephen specializes in U.S. foreign relations and international order, particularly concepts of global politics from the late nineteenth century to the present. He is author of a book forthcoming from Harvard University Press that reveals how, in the years prior to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, U.S. officials and intellectuals first decided that the United States should become the supreme political-military power in the postwar world.
Stephen has published scholarly articles on a range of subjects, including grand strategy, international law and organization, colonial empire, and humanitarian intervention. His research on the intellectual origins of the League of Nations won the Fischel-Calhoun Prize from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Stephen regularly writes essays on current affairs. His pieces have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.
He was previously a faculty member at Columbia University and Birkbeck, University of London, and held research fellowships at Princeton University and King’s College, University of Cambridge. He received a PhD from Columbia University in 2015. He also holds an MPhil from Columbia University (2011) and an AB summa cum laude from Harvard University (2007).