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MAJ James Golby

Assistant Professor (American Politics, Policy & Strategy)
US Army
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Office Location: LH B123
Phone: 845.938.2748


Major Jim Golby is an active duty officer in the United States Army and is an Instructor of American Politics, Policy and Strategy with the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.  He has served as a cavalry officer, commanding a security company in combat in Iraq (2006-7) and as an Army strategist.  In 2008, he was awarded the MacArthur Army leadership award and he twice has been awarded the Bronze Star. MAJ Golby also served as a Scout Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer for fifteen months during Operation Iraqi Freedom II (2004-5). He holds a B.S. in American Government (USMA), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. His dissertation, titled “Duty, Honor, Party: Ideology, Institutions, and the Use of Military Force,” examines how domestic political institutions structure American civil-military relations. His recent research examines how republican states consolidate control over their military forces and how elite military signals influence mass public opinion about political candidates and about decisions to use military force. MAJ Golby is a Term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow with the Inter-university Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.