David M. McCourt

David Mccourt Portrait

Position Title
Associate Professor

2264 Social Sciences and Humanities


  • MRes, Ph.D., Political Science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2008
  • MPhil, International Relations, Queens' College, University of Cambridge, 2005
  • B.A., Modern History, Trinity College, University of Oxford, 2004


David M. McCourt is an international political sociologist. His primary research interests lie with the social sources of state action in international politics, with an empirical focus on the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. He also is interested in theory – both sociological and international.


McCourt, David M. The End of Engagement: America's China and Russia Experts and U.S. Strategy Since the Cold War. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Emigh, Rebecca Jean, and David M. McCourt, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Historical Sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

McCourt, David M. The New Constructivism in International Relations Theory. Bristol: Bristol University Press 2022.

McCourt, David M., ed. American Power and International Theory at the Council on Foreign Relations, 1953-54. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

McCourt, David M. Britain and World Power Since 1954: Constructing a Nation's Role in International Politics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Professor McCourt’s teaching focuses on theory (both graduate and undergraduate) and political sociology. He has taught the following courses:

SOC 5 – Global Social Change (Lower division)

SOC 265b – Contemporary Sociological Theory (Graduate seminar)

SOC 100 – Origins of Modern Sociological Theory (Upper division)

SOC 118 – Political Sociology (Upper division)