About Thomas Volgy
He has published dozens of articles in professional journals, and is the author and/or co-author of several books, including Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics (2011), Mapping the New World Order (2009), International Politics and State Strength (2003), Politics in the Trenches: Experimenting with Democracy in America (2001), and The Forgotten Americans (1992).
He has also been honored by the University of Arizona with awards for teaching and distinguished public service.
Volgy ran successfully for local office, both on the Tucson City Council and as Mayor of Tucson, and served for fourteen years in elected office. During that time, he accepted as well a national leadership role with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, and was invited on numerous occasions to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the National Governors Council on key urban public policy issues facing the nation. He has served as a delegate to two national Democratic conventions, including his role on the DNC’s rules committee. His accomplishments in local office include:
The development of a model campaign finance reform program for Tucson that has been adopted by dozens of other cities throughout the nation;
The consolidation and integration of economic development efforts in the community. In his last year in office, Tucson had attained the lowest level of unemployment and the highest job creation in its history until that time;
An aggressive strategy of international trade for Tucson’s businesses that vaulted Tucson from 196th to 9th in the United States;
A strong leadership role in neighborhood preservation and historical redevelopment, including the creation of Tucson’s Arts District;
An upgrading of Tucson’s public transportation system that led to the designation of Tucson as the best mid-range public transit system in the nation;
A major rehaul, consolidation, and reintegration of Tucson’s social service programs;
A consistent effort to create metropolitan government.
Environmental regulations to protect the city from water and air pollution and to preserve the desert environment.
After leaving office, Volgy has been active as well in the private sector. He is co-owner of Magellan International, a firm providing consulting services and assistance domestically and internationally. Through his firm, his projects have included working with litigators to pick juries, conducting survey research for both political campaigns and private sector market surveys, consulting on telecommunications issues in the marketplace, consulting on Congressional and mayoral campaigns, and providing assistance with international trade in Europe and Asia.
Reexamining bipolarity and unipolarity conditions in international politics;
Examining the dynamics of conflicts: why are some regions more conflict prone than others
Conditions that give rise to status competition between states
Issues involved with Global Governance
B.A., Oakland University. Majors: Political Science and History.
M.A., University of Minnesota. Major: Political Science.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Major: Political Science.
Graduate level: International Politics Survey Seminar
Variety of Research seminars
Undergraduate level: Theories of International Relations
Contemporary International Politics
Mass Media and Politics
Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis
Problems of World Order
Mass Media and Politics
International Organizations and Structures
U.S. Foreign Policy
Survey of Comparative and International Politics