Paul Poast is an associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago and a nonresident fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Paul also serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Summer Institute for Social Research Methods. In addition to these roles, Paul is a research affiliate of the Pearson Institute for the Study of Global Conflicts, an assistant director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, a core faculty of the Committee on International Relations, 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 and has received a number of awards (notably the Walter Isard Award, the Bruce Russett Award, and the Lepgold Prize). Additionally, his commentary on foreign affairs has appeared in numerous news outlets.
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, he was a lecturer in the Department of Economics.