Political Science

Alvin Drischler

Adjunct Professor of Political Science

Dr. Drischler has had a wide-ranging career in government, business, and academia.

In government he served first as legislative director and then as chief of staff to Senator Paul Laxalt (R, NV). Subsequently, in the Reagan State Department, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, a position which required him to act frequently as chief legislative advisor to Secretaries Haig and Shultz.

In the business sector, Dr Drischler was International Affairs Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of an S&P 500 company, the Leucadia National Corporation. In that capacity he was actively involved in a wide range of investments in manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, soft drink bottling, and power utilities.

His corporate activities have taken him to numerous countries including Russia, Argentina, Venezuela, Belize, Haiti, Guyana, Guatemala, Barbados, Bulgaria, the Congo, and Nicaragua.

His transactions have included work with the International Finance Corporation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Commonwealth Development Corporation, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation among other institutions.

At Washington College Dr Drischler teaches global business strategy, international political economy, international business, and strategic management. He has also taught a graduate seminar in international investment and political risk analysis at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C


Dr. Drischler and his wife, Jill, are currently restoring an 18th century house in Chestertown, Maryland. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, chess, and classical music.

  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., Politics, Princeton University
  • Ph.D., International Relations, Princeton University
  • M.B.A., Corporate Finance, the Johns Hopkins University