Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) - Social science advancing the understanding of international security and terrorism

Dr. Robert A. Pape

Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Robert Pape graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburg in 1982 with a degree in Political Science. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1988 in the same field.

From 1991-1994, Pape taught Air Power Strategy at the United States Air Force's School of Advanced Airpower Studies. Following this, Pape taught International Relations at Dartmouth from 1994-1999. In 1999, Pape returned to the University of Chicago to teach, where he is now tenured.

Pape's past work has focused on the use of coercive air power and the effectiveness of sanctions. Currently, Pape has turned his attention to "the causes of suicide terrorism and the politics of unipolarity."

At the University of Chicago, Pape has been the director of Graduate Studies for Political Science, the chair of The Committee on International Relations, and he has co-directed the Program on International Security Policy with John Mearsheimer since 1999. In 2004, Pape founded the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, which he still directs.