I have a PhD in Political Science from Yale University in 1986. I teach and conduct research in the field of international relations. I am Director of CIDCM and the Editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Outside of work, I enjoy a wide range of sports and trying to keep up with my two sons. I also enjoy traveling to sample new cuisines and visit historic sites.
- International war and crises
- Territorial disputes
- International law
- Deterrence theory
- Civil war and insurgency
One of my priorities is to try and integrate students into my ongoing research projects as a way to advance their understanding of literatures and how research is actually conducted. This is particularely important I think for graduate students. At the undergraduate level, I think it is also important to link scholarly literatures and debates to real-world events so that they better understand the relevance and applicability of the academic work.
I seek to develop and empirically test theories on conflict behavior and its resolution. The subjects addressed in my research include interstate armed conflict and war, inter-state territorial disputes, international law and dispute resolution, civil war onset and termination, deterrence theory, civilian consequences of war, international aid and civil conflict. I regularly use statistical methods in my emprical tests and I invest considerable time and effort in developing new data sets for large-N analyses. I enjoy collaborative work with faculty and graduate students and co-author on a regular basis. I look to publish in the top journals and university presses.
Department of Government and Politics