Paul Poast is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago and a research affiliate of the Pearson Institute for the Study of Global Conflicts. He studies international relations, with a focus on international security. He is the author of two books, The Economics of War (McGraw Hill-Irwin, 2006), which was translated into French, Japanese, and Chinese, and Organizing Democracy (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming), which will be published as part of the Chicago Series on International and Domestic Institutions. He has authored or co-authored academic papers in journals such as International Organization, World Politics, Political Analysis, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and featured in news outlets such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Washington Post.
Paul received a PhD from the University of Michigan (where his dissertation won the Peace Science Society's Walter Isard Award), 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.