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David P. Calleo

Professor Emeritus, European and Eurasian Studies


David Calleo was Director of European Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy from September 1968 through May 2012. He was named to the Dean Acheson Chair in European Studies in 1988 and University Professor at Johns Hopkins in 2001. He is author of numerous articles, and a dozen books: Europe’s Future (1965); Coleridge and the Idea of a Modern Nation State (1966); The American Political System (1968); Britain’s Future (1968); The Atlantic Fantasy (1970); America and the World Political Economy (1973); The German Problem Reconsidered (1978); The Imperious Economy (1982); Beyond American Hegemony: The Future of the Western Alliance (1987); The Bankrupting of America: How the Federal Deficit is Impoverishing the Nation (1992); Rethinking Europe’s Future (2001); and Follies of Power: America’s Unipolar Fantasy (2009).

At Yale University, Calleo earned his undergraduate degree in History, the Arts, and Letters, and a PhD in political science. Before teaching at SAIS in 1968, he taught at Brown for one year and Yale for seven years. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, the College of Europe, the Universities of Bonn and Munich, the University of Puget Sound, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva. Calleo was named an Advisory Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai in 2004. He has been a Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale since the 1970s. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a contributing editor to Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. He has been a Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellow and an associate at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales. He was twice project director for the Twentieth Century Fund, has been a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and was also a George Herbert Walker Bush Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. In 1967-68 he served as a consultant to the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs. In the 1970s he was Vice President and Chairman of the Committee on Fellows and Programs at the Lehrman Institute in New York.

Calleo lives in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill and has spent his summers for many years at the Casa Fangati on the Italian island of Elba. He is a member of the Century Association, the Metropolitan Club of Washington, and Brooks’s. He is married to Avis Bohlen, a retired Foreign Service Officer who has served as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and Assistant Secretary for Arms Control.

  • Calleo, D. P. (2009). Follies of power Americas unipolar fantasy. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Calleo, D. P. (2003). Rethinking Europes future. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Calleo, D. P. (1992). The bankrupting of America: How the federal budget deficit is impoverishing the nation. New York: W. Morrow.
  • Calleo, D. P. (1989). Beyond American hegemony: The future of the western alliance. Perseus Books.
  • Calleo, D. P. (1982). The imperious economy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Calleo, D. P. (1978). The German problem reconsidered: Germany and the world order 1870 to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Calleo, D. P., & Rowland, B. M. (1974). America and the world political economy: Atlantic dreams and national realities. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Univ. Press.
  • Calleo, D. P. (1970). The Atlantic fantasy: The U.S., NATO, and Europe. Baltimore, MD.
  • Calleo, D. P. (1968). Britains future. London: Hodder & Stoughton.
  • Calleo, D. P. (1969). American political system. Dufour Editions.
Fall 2016 
Spring 2017 



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