David Rousseau, Ph.D.

David RousseauDean, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, University at Albany

Professor Rousseau is currently serving as the founding dean for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the establishment of a new undergraduate major and minor, the creation of new graduate degrees and certificates, the hiring of new faculty and staff, the organization of faculty research groups, and development of facilities for the college. Prior to this role, Professor Rousseau served as dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy for four years.

Professor David Rousseau’s research interests focus on military conflict, shared identity, political development, and foreign policy. His first book, which is entitled Democracy and War: Institutions, Norms, and the Evolution of International Conflict (Stanford University Press, 2005), examines the relationship between institutional structures and political norms within international disputes using statistical analyses, historical case studies, laboratory experiments, and computer simulations.

His second book, which is entitled Identifying Threats and Threatening Identities: The Social Construction of Realism and Liberalism (Stanford University Press, 2006), explores the impact of shared identity on threat perception. In addition to his book publications, Professor Rousseau has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of Peace Research. Professor Rousseau received his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to arriving at the University at Albany, Professor Rousseau taught at Korea University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University at Buffalo (SUNY).