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Hein Goemans

Hein Goemans

Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of the Peter D. Watson Center for Conflict & Cooperation

Office Hours:

Wed 1:00 - 2:00 pm


PhD, Chicago, 1995. International relations, conflict, qualitative and historical research. His current major research revolves around territory, borders and homelands; in a nutshell: why are people willing to fight and die for this, but not that piece of territory? His previous research examined the role of leaders in war termination and war initiation. His book War and Punishment was published by Princeton University Press (2000); his second book Leaders and International Conflict (co-authored with Giacomo Chiozza and published by Cambridge University Press, 2011), won the Joseph S. Lepgold Prize as the Best Book in International Relations published in 2011. Other publications have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, International Organization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Journal of Peace Research. Teaches courses on international relations, with an emphasis on conflict, and international relations history.

Courses taught:
  • PSC/IR 106 Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC/IR 270 Mechanisms of International Relations
  • PSC/IR 278 Foundations of Modern International Politics
  • PSC/IR 279 War and the Nation State
  • PSC/IR 372 International Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC/IR 373 Territory and Group Conflict
  • PSC 479 War and the Nation State
  • PSC 571 Quantitative Approaches to International Politics
  • PSC 572 International Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC 573 Territory and Group Conflict
  • PSC 577 Theories of Conflict
  • PSC 578 International Conflict: Theory and History