Louis Ortmayer, Ph.D.


Ph.D., M.A. University of Denver
B.A. Yale University

Research Interests and Background

In the many years I've been at Davidson, I've taught courses on American foreign policy, international politics, European politics, the European Union, Russia and post-Soviet politics, and politics and film.

While I was working on my dissertation, I studied at Bonn and Cologne Universities in Germany, and conducted field research in the former East Germany, as well as in Poland. I subsequently researched and published on German-Polish relations, East-West trade conflicts, the U.S. and NAFTA, and German political economy. Those works were the beginning of my lifelong study of European politics.

Over the last few years, I've been heavily involved in a case-method of teaching and writing program as a Pew faculty fellow in international affairs through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. I've authored case studies widely in U.S. foreign policy, on topics such as the U.S.-Japan FSX fighter conflict, South Africa sanctions, deciding to intervene in Bosnia, and the fall of Margaret Thatcher, among others.

I love teaching and my affection for the profession has been recognized as I'm a recipient of the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award, the ODK Teaching Award, and the Thomas Jefferson faculty award at Davidson College. I've also been named the CASE North Carolina Professor of the Year.