David Skidmore is a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (USA). He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and taught at Hamilton College and the University of Notre Dame before arriving at Drake in 1989. During the 1996-97 academic year, he taught at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar based at the University of Hong Kong in 2010-2011. Skidmore is past Director of the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs, both at Drake University. His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of international political economy, American foreign policy and international relations theory. Skidmore is author, co-author or editor of six books, including a monograph titled The Unilateralist Temptation in American Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2011), and a co-authored textbook titled International Political Economy: The Struggle for Power and Wealth in a Globalizing World (Routledge). His academic work has appeared in International Studies Perspectives, Foreign Policy Analysis, Political Science Quarterly, Global Society, the Chinese Journal of International Politics and other journals. His commentaries on international affairs have appeared in various outlets, including Salon, the Des Moines Register, The Diplomat, The Conversation, Al Jazeera, Fortune and U.S. News and World Report.