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Paul Poast

Associate Professor

UChicago Department of Political Science

Paul Poast researches the political economy of international security (e.g., the means by which states fund their militaries and finance war fighting) and the role of international military alliances in promoting international and domestic political order.

Combining quantitative methodology and diplomatic history, Poast’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in academic journals such as the American Journal of Political ScienceInternational Organization, World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Political Analysis. He is the author or coauthor of three books: The Economics of War (2006), Organizing Democracy: How International Organizations Assist New Democracies (2018), and Arguing About Alliances (Forthcoming).

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Poast was an assistant professor in the department of political science at Rutgers University. He previously taught in the department of economics at The Ohio State University. Poast received his PhD from the University of Michigan, where his dissertation, “Issue Linkage and International Cooperation: An Empirical Investigation,” won the Peace Science Society’s Walter Isard Award. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Miami University.

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