Paul Poast is an associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago and a nonresident foreign policy fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Paul is also the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science, Faculty Director of the Summer Institute for Social Research Methods, a research affiliate of the Pearson Institute for the Study of Global Conflicts, an assistant director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, and a member of the Center for International Social Science Research advisory board.
Paul studies international relations, where his research and writing focus on the political economy of security, alliance politics, and the use of data to study international politics. He is the author of three books, The Economics of War (McGraw Hill-Irwin, 2006), Organizing Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2018), and Arguing About Alliances (Cornell University Press, 2019). He has authored or co-authored academic papers in journals such as International Organization, World Politics, Political Analysis, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, featured in various news outlets (such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post), and received a number of awards (notably the Walter Isard Award and the Bruce Russett Award).
Paul received a PhD from the University of Michigan, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Miami University. Paul has taught courses at a number of universities including Universidad CEU San Pablo in Spain, Universität Konstanz in Germany, Rutgers University, where he was an assistant professor of political science, and The Ohio State University, where, prior to pursuing his PhD, Paul was a lecturer in the Department of Economics.