Politics and International Relations Department
Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Relations
On Faculty since 1972
Ph.D., International Relations, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D. C., 1972.
M.A., Latin American Studies, American University, 1967.
B.A., History, Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., 1965.
About Mark Amstutz
Professor Amstutz' major academic interests are in international affairs and, more specifically, the role of ethics in the conduct of foreign relations. He has written international relations texts and undertaken pioneering research on the role of international political morality. His International Ethics book is used widely in American colleges and universities. In 2005 he published a study, The Healing of Nations, which addresses the challenges of confronting and overcoming regime human rights abuses. Currently, he is working on a book on Evangelicals and American foreign policy.
For more than three decades Prof. Amstutz' passion has been to teach and equip Wheaton students to serve the Kingdom of Christ in public life--whether through law, political organizations, government, the military, think tanks, education, relief and development agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
Prof. Amstutz grew up in Latin America and has traveled widely as a teacher and scholar. He has directed programs in Europe and Cuba and led a two-week program in Argentina and Chile in 2011. For more than a decade he served as a reserve naval attaché, retiring as a Commander from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1993.
He and his wife Donna, a clinical psychologist, have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of Tate and Elsa Dahlgren and Eleanor, Brendan, and Tyler Wiltfang.
Professor Amstutz is a member of a local church and loves sailing and cycling.
- International Politics
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Ethics and U. S. Foreign Policy
- Third World Politics and Development
- Forgiveness and Political Reconciliation
- International Law
- Senior Seminar
Other Courses He Has Taught
- Theories of War and Peace
- International Human Rights and Foreign Policy
- Freedom: Theory and Practice (funded with Templeton Foundation grant)
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Political Science Association
- International Studies Association
His main area of research interest is international political ethics. His book, The Healing of Nations: The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in August 2004. A third edition of International Ethics was published in 2008. Currently he is carrying out research on evangelicals and U.S. foreign policy.
Amstutz, Mark R. International Ethics: Concepts, Theories, and Cases in Global Politics, 3rd Ed (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008)
Amstutz, Mark R. The Rules of the Game: A Primer on International Relations (Boulder:Paradigm Publishers, 2008).
Amstutz, Mark R. The Healing of Nations: The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness, ( Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).
Amstutz, Mark R. International Conflict and Cooperation : An Introduction to World Politics, 2 ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999).
Amstutz, Mark R. Christian Ethics and U.S. Foreign Policy (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academie Books, 1987)
Amstutz, Mark R., "Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian Realism and the Bush Doctrine," in Eric Peterson, ed., Christianity and Power Politics Today: Chrisitan Realism and Contemporary Political Dilemmas (London:Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008), pp. 117-135.
Amstutz, Mark R., "The Bush Doctrine: A Niebuhrian Assessment," The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 5, Winter 2007), pp. 25-33.
Amstutz, Mark R., "Human Rights and the Promise of Political Forgiveness" Review and Expositor, 105 (Fall 2007), pp. 553-577.
Amstutz, Mark R., "Is Reconciliation Possible After Genocide?: The Case of Rwanda," Journal of Church and State, 48 (Summer 2006), pp. 541-565.
Amstutz, Mark R., "Restorative Justice, Political Forgiveness and the Possibility of Political Reconciliation," in Daniel Philpott, ed., The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Recondiliationa nd the Dilemmas of Transitional Justice (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006), pp. 151-188.
Amstutz, Mark R., "Who is My Neighbor? The Moral Responsibility to Halt Genocide," Books & Culture, May/June 2003, pp. l8-20.
Amstutz, Mark R., "Faith-Based NGOs and U.S. Foreign Policy," in Elliott Abrams, ed., The Influence of Faith: Religious Groups & U.S. Foreign Policy (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), pp. 175-187
Amstutz, Mark R., "Failure and Hope: Church and State in South Africa," Books & Culture, March/April 2000, pp. 18-19.
Amstutz, Mark R., Charalambakis, John E. and Ewert, Norman, "Globalization, Human Rights and Civil Society," in Civil Society: A Foundation for Sustainable Economic Development (published by Coalition for Christian Colleges & Universities and Mercy Corps International, 1998
Amstutz, Mark R., "After the Death Squads," Books & Culture, July/August 1997, pp. 25-27
Amstutz, Mark R. "Religion and Politics in South Africa: Christian Churches During the Apartheid Era," Christian Scholar's Review, vol. 25, No. 1 (September 1995), pp. 8-29. Selected for "Christian Scholar's Award" for 1995.
Amstutz, Mark R., "The Churches and Third World Poverty" in Max L. Stackhouse, Dennis P. McCann and Shirley Roels, eds, On Moral Business: Classical and Contemporary Resources for Ethics in Economic Life (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), pp. 817-825.