William Mayborn

Adjunct Lecturer

Academic Division: History & Society


Texan by birth; undergraduate majors in History and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin; spent eight years in P. R. China learning Chinese and teaching English; Master’s in International Affairs from Texas A&M University; doctorate from Boston College in Political Science—International Relations. Interests range from Chinese security issues, terrorism, deterrence and coercion, and how nuclear weapons complicate all of the above issues.

Academic Interests

Chinese Foreign Policy, Chinese security affairs, alliances and alliance cohesion, terrorism and insurgency, deterrence and coercion, strategic defensive weapons, and state responses to insurgency.


Journal Articles

  • Mayborn, W.C. (2014). The Pivot to Asia: The Persistent Logics of Geopolitics and the Rise of China. Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, 15(4)
  • Mayborn, W.C. (2010). Creating More Turmoil: Why UAV strikes Will Be Counterproductive in Yemen. Terrorism and Political Violence, 480.

Book Reviews

  • Mayborn, W.C. (2017). Book Review of Charlotte P. Lee’s Training the Party: Party Adaption and Elite Training in Reform-era China. , Vol 79, e74-e75.


  • Mayborn, W.C. (2016). Ever vigilant: Chinese perceptions of adversarial alliances: Boston College

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association