Stephen Wertheim

Stephen Wertheim

Field: International/Global
Advisor: Matthew Connelly
Year: 2008


Stephen Wertheim is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University. He works on international politics, particularly the history of international society and U.S. foreign relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His dissertation, titled "Will to Lead the World," is a political and intellectual history of the birth of U.S. world leadership in World War II, framed around the transformation of the concept of internationalism.

Stephen is currently a Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics. A Jacob K. Javits Fellowship supports his doctoral studies. He received an MPhil from Columbia University (2011) and a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University (2007), where he served as managing editor of the Harvard International Review.

Stephen is rapporteur of the Columbia University Seminar on Twentieth-Century Politics and Society and has helped to organize Columbia's Center for International History.

Some of his writings may be viewed on his website. These include: 

  • The League of Nations: A Retreat from International Law? Journal of Global History Vol. 7 No. 2 (July 2012): 210-232.
  • "The League That Wasn't: American Designs for a Legalist-Sanctionist League of Nations and the Intellectual Origins of International Organization, 1914-1920," Diplomatic History Vol. 35, No. 5 (November 2011): 797-836. [Awarded the 2012 Fishel-Calhoun Prize by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era]
  • "A Solution from Hell: The United States and the Rise of Humanitarian Interventionism, 1991-2003," Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 12, No. 3-4 (September-December 2010): 149-172.
  • "Reluctant Liberator: Theodore Roosevelt's Philosophy of Self-Government and Preparation for Philippine Independence," Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 3 (September 2009): 494-518.

In his spare time, Stephen thinks up comedy ideas, talks about them, and fails to carry them out.