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Honors Program

Randy Willoughby, PhD

Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Director of Master of Arts in International Relations Program

Randy Willoughby, Ph.D, has been on the USD faculty since 1988 and teaches course on comparative politics and international security. His undergraduate education began at the University of California at Irvine and concluded at UCLA. His graduate education was at the University of California at Berkeley, preceded by a year of study in Paris, and including a year working in the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC, a year teaching at the University of Santa Clara, and two years participating on a research project at the University of California at San Diego.


Willoughby received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles (summa cum laude) in political science. His dissertation on European Missile Defense was nominated for a national political science award.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Willoughby has written on a variety of political and security issues, including European arms control, French nuclear testing, comparative nuclear proliferation, security and politics in the South Pacific, Latin American drug trafficking, Mexican immigration, the US defense budget, and global energy futures.

Teaching Interests

Willoughby emphasizes comparative and historical dimensions in international politics and security. He enjoys teaching at all levels within the department: lower division students, more advanced undergraduates, and students in the USD Master of Arts in International Relations program. He has organized several major conferences on contemporary international issues, bringing together professionals and academics from off campus for discussions with the USD faculty and student community. He teaches frequently in Guadalajara in the June-July summer sessions and in Europe and Morocco in the January sessions.