Paul Huth


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.

Areas of Interest:
  • 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.

Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT708A Seminar in International Relations Theory; International Relations Theory Fall 2015
GVPT808A Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; Research Seminar on International and Domestic Conflict Spring 2015 Syllabus

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.

2103 Chincoteague Hall
Department of Government and Politics
Phone: (301) 314-8481
Office Hours:
10-12am, Tuesdays and by appointment