gunsvbutter

Research Statement

I study international politics. My research is largely of the "Peace Science" variety, as I use quantitative analysis to study questions related to international security. Though statistical methods are a common feature of my research, my research is also informed by (and draws from) diplomatic history. Indeed, I maintain that all scholars, whether quantiative or qualitative, draw on "the archives" (but at different levels of abstraction).

Substantively, my work primarily explores two basic questions that all leaders face when seeking security in the international system:

(1) Guns or butter?

(2) Arms or allies?

More precisely, my research explores the political economy of security and alliance politics. The below links will take you to pages that describe my work in a specific research area.

Political Economy of Security

Alliance Politics

Quantitative Methods in IR

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