William Charles Inboden joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs in 2010. Prior to his appointment at the LBJ School, Inboden served as Senior Vice President of the Legatum Institute, a London-based think-tank. He also served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives.
Prior to that, Inboden worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and as a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom. He is a Contributing Editor at Foreign Policy magazine.
Inboden was also a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings, and received numerous research and professional development fellowships. He is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment, (Cambridge University Press). Inboden received his Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. degrees in history from Yale University, and his A.B. from Stanford University.
Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. degrees in History, Yale University
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs; Associate, National Intelligence Council (2007-present)
Senior Vice-President, Legatum Institute (2007-2010); Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform, National Security Council, White House (2005-2007); Member, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State (2004-2005); Special Advisor, Office of International Religious Freedom, Department of State (2002-2004); Civitas Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (2001-2002); Congressional Fellow, Office of Congressman Tom DeLay (1997-1998); Congressional Fellow, Office of Senator Sam Nunn (1995-1997)
Co-Editor, “Shadow Government (Foreign Policy.com: 2009-present)
Author, “The Irony of a Globalizing Future,” in Law and Religion: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives, (Editor, Gerald Bradley, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
Co-Author with Peter Feaver, “A Strategic Planning Cell on National Security at the White House,” in Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy, (Editor, Daniel Drezner, Brookings Institution Press, 2009)
Author, Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul Containment, (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Author, “The International Religious Freedom Act: A View From Congress,” in Religious Persecution as a U.S. Policy Issue, (Editors, Rosalind I.J. Hackett, Mark Silk, and Dennis Hoover, Hartford, CT: Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, 2000)
Author of numerous articles, reports, and reviews on foreign policy issues