Paul Poast Assistant Director

5828 S University Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
Office #:
Suite 423
(734) 883-7093

Paul Poast is an associate professor (effective July 2019) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he is also the Director of Graduate Studies, a research affiliate of the Pearson Institute for the Study of Global Conflicts, and a member of the Center for International Social Science Research advisory board. He studies international relations, with a focus on international security.

He is the author of three booksThe Economics of War (McGraw Hill-Irwin, 2006), Organizing Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2018), and Arguing About Alliances (Cornell University Press, forthcoming). He has authored or co-authored academic papers in journals such asInternational OrganizationWorld PoliticsPolitical Analysis, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, featured in various news outlets (such as The New York TimesBloomberg, and the Washington Post), and received a number of awards (notably the Walter Isard Award and the Bruce Russett Award).

Paul received a PhD from the University of Michigan, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Miami University. Prior to Chicago, Paul was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and, before beginning his PhD, Paul taught in the Department of Economics at The Ohio State University.