Strongly influenced by his father, Paul Wolfowitz became "a soft-spoken former aspiring-mathematician-turned-policymaker ... were forged by family history and in the halls of academia rather than in the jungles of Vietnam or the corridors of Congress ... They married in 1968, had three children and lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Against his father's wishes, Wolfowitz decided to go to graduate school to study political science. At the University of Chicago, Wolfowitz took two courses with Leo Strauss, who James Mann argues influenced Wolfowitz's thinking and his belief in democratic ideals.They separated in 1999, and, according to some sources, became legally separated in 2001 and divorced in 2002. He completed his dissertation under Albert Wohlstetter.
According to Mann, "The underlying issue was whether the C. Based on the recommendation of Perle, Pipes picked Wolfowitz for this committee, which was later called Team B.
In the 1970s, Wolfowitz and Perle served as aides to proto-neoconservative Democratic Senator Henry M. A Cold War liberal, Jackson supported higher military spending and a hard line against the Soviet Union alongside more traditional Democratic causes, such as social welfare programs, civil rights, and labor unions.
In 1972, US President Richard Nixon, under pressure from Senator Jackson, dismissed the head of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) and replaced him with Fred Ikle.
Wolfowitz was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. In the summer of 1969, Wohlstetter arranged for Wolfowitz, Perle and Peter Wilson to join the Committee to Maintain a Prudent Defense Policy which was set up by Cold War architects Paul Nitze and Dean Acheson.
While finishing his dissertation, Wolfowitz taught in the department of political science at Yale University from 1970 to 1972; one of his students was future colleague Scooter Libby.