Department of Political Science and the College
Paul Poast’s research uses quantitative analysis and diplomatic history to understand international relations. Specifically, he is interested in how anarchy can complicate the ability of sovereign actors to make credible commitments, such as repaying debt, honoring an alliance, or upholding a bargain. His research is presently focused on four projects: the political economy of international security, alliance politics, research methods for international relations, and the international politics of the American Civil War.
He is the author of The Economics of War (McGraw Hill-Irwin, 2006). His research on international relations and statistical methodology has appeared in a number of leading journals in political science, including International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Political Analysis.
Poast earned his PhD from the University of Michigan, where his dissertation received the Walter Isard Award from the Peace Science Society (International). He also has an MSc in politics of the world economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in economics and political science from Miami University. He previously taught at Rutgers University and The Ohio State University.