William d'Ambruoso

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Will d'Ambruoso is a Visiting Assistant Professor with Bowdoin College for the 2022-23 academic year. Will teaches on topics related to international relations, IR theory, international security, human rights, and U.S. foreign policy. His research interests include the causes of major war and wartime violence, with special emphasis on norms and beliefs as explanatory factors. His recent bookinvestigates the United States' recurring use of torture since the early 20th Century. He's also working on another large project that examines past major wars, and future nuclear ones, as self-fulfilling prophecies. In connection with these two projects, Will has contributed recently to The Hill and The National Interest.

Prior to Bowdoin, Will was a postdoctoral fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom and the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also taught at Bates College for four years. His PhD is from University of Washington, Seattle.

Will was born and raised in Maine, and his hobbies - sailing, fly fishing, maple sugaring, skiing - all have in-state roots. He now lives in Portland with his spouse and two children.

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  • PhD, University of Washington
  • MA, University of Washington
  • BA, St. Olaf College