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Faculty Profiles

William Mayborn

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: History & Society


William C. Mayborn was born in raised in Dallas, Texas. He studied History and Asian Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. After graduating, he moved to China to continue his language studies at Nanjing University. Later, William began teaching English at Southeast University in Nanjing. Upon returning to the United States, he continued his studies in international affairs at Texas A&M University before pursuing his doctorate in political science at Boston College.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Boston College
  • MPIA, Texas A&M University
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin

Academic Interest / Expertise

International Security: deterrence and coercion, insurgencies and political violence, causes of war, and alliances. Comparative Politics: civil-military relations, bureaucracy, Chinese politics, and North Korean politics.


Journal Articles

  • Mayborn, W.C. (2019). Where are the Grown-Ups? Thinking about Anarchy with “Lord of the Flies”. Journal of Political Science Education. Page: 1--17. Taylor \& Francis.
  • Mayborn, W.C. (2017). Book Review of Charlotte P. Lee’s Training the Party: Party Adaption and Elite Training in Reform-era China. Journal of Politics. Vol: 79, Issue: 4, Page: e74--e75. University of Chicago Press.
  • Mayborn, W.C. (2017). Book Review of Michael J. Green's By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783. Marine Corps History. Vol: 3, Issue: 2, Page: 81--85.
  • Mayborn, W.C. (2014). The pivot to Asia: The persistent logics of geopolitics and the rise of China. Journal of Military and Strategic Studies. Vol: 15, Issue: 4.
  • Mayborn, W.C. (2010). Creating More Turmoil: Why UAV strikes Will Be Counterproductive in Yemen. Terrorism and Political Violence. Page: 480.


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