David L. Rousseau

David L. Rousseau

Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security



PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan

MPP, Harvard University 

BA, Economics, University of California at Berkeley

David Rousseau

David Rousseau joined the University at Albany in 2005 and is currently an associate professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC). He has served in a variety of capacities at UAlbany including as the former dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

His research focuses on military conflict, shared identity, political development, and foreign policy. His first book, 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, 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, Dr. Rousseau has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of Peace Research.

Prior to arriving at the University at Albany, Dr. Rousseau taught at Korea University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

He received his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.


CEHC Courses Taught 

CEHC 210: Critical Inquiry and Communication in EHC

CEHC 324: Civil Liberties in Context: EHC 

CEHC 343: Homeland Security 

CEHC 370: Risk Analysis and Management


Research Interests

Military Conflict; Shared Identity; Political Development; Foreign Policy; Relationship Between Institutional Structures and Political Norms within International Disputes using Statistical Analyses; Impact of Shared Identity on Threat Perception; Mixed Methodologies (Historical Case Studies, Laboratory Experiments, Computer Simulations)


Personal Website

David Rousseau