David L. Rousseau

David L. Rousseau

Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
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Richardson Hall 283

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Michigan

M.P.P, Harvard University 

B.A. in Economics, University of California at Berkeley 


Professor 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).

CEHC Courses Taught 

CEHC 210 Critical Inquiry and Communication in EHC

CEHC 324 Civil Liberties in Context: EHC 

CEHC 343 Homeland Security 

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)

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