Jim Golby

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materUS Military Academy BS
Stanford University (PhD)
OccupationPolitical scientist
EmployerUniversity of Texas
Known forCivil-military relations

James T. Golby is an American political scientist and lecturer at University of Texas. Golby is a retired United States Army strategist and frequent media contributor on civil-military relations and foreign policy.[1][2][3][4][5]

Military service

Golby graduated with a bachelor of science in American government and commissioned as an armor officer from the United States Military Academy in 2001. Early in his career Golby deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a scout platoon leader and company commander.[6] After teaching, his next assignment was serving as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he helped contribute to the the 2015 National Military Strategy.[7] Later, from 2016-2017, Golby was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations placed in the Office of the Vice President serving both Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Mike Pence.[8] His last assignment was serving as a defense policy advisor at the List of United States Permanent Representatives to United States Mission to NATO.[9]

Academic career

Golby's 2011 dissertation at Stanford University entitled, "Duty, Honor... Party? Ideology, Institutions, and the Use of Military Force," analyzed the political ideological divisions shape interactions between political leaders and senior military members and his committee was chaired by Dr. Kenneth Shultz and included Dr. Simon Jackman, Dr. Scott Sagan, and Dr. Paul Sniderman.[10] Once retired from the Army, Golby became a fellow at the The William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin and a lecturer in the School of Government.[11] He is also an adjunct senior a fellow at Center for a New American Security and non-resident fellow at the United States Studies Centre.[12][13] Additionally, Golby co-hosts a podcast Thank You For Your Service with Dr. Alice Hunt Friend covering civil-military relations topics covering race, norms, and politicization sponsored by the think-tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.[14]


  1. "Biden Criticized For Pick Of Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin As Pentagon Chief". NPR. December 9, 2020.
  2. "Biden introduces nominee for secretary of defense retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin". NewsNation. December 9, 2020.
  3. "The Myth of 'War Weary' Americans". The Wall Street Journal. December 1, 2019.
  4. "It Matters If Americans Call Afghanistan a Defeat". The Atlantic. August 17, 2019.
  5. "Trump allegedly disparaged America's war dead. The backlash probably won't decide the election". The Washington Post. September 9, 2020.
  6. "Author Archive, Jim Golby". Defense One.
  7. "Jim Golby Joins CNAS as Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program". Center for a New American Security. August 19, 2020.
  8. "International Affairs Fellowship Program" (PDF). Council on Foreign Relations. Author Archive, Jim Golby.
  9. "Author Archive, Jim Golby". Government Executive.
  10. "Duty, Honor... Party? Ideology, Institutions, and the Use of Military Force". ProQuest. June 2011.
  11. "The Clements Center welcomes Dr. Jim Golby". Clements Center for National Security. May 11, 2020.
  12. "Jim Golby Joins CNAS as Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program". Center for a New American Security. August 19, 2020.
  13. "Non-Reisdent Fellow, Jim Golby". United States Studies Centre.
  14. "Thank You For Your Service". Apple Podcasts Preview.

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