Bryan Early

Analyzes economic sanctions, foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism

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Bryan Early

Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Policy Research
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Political Science

Sanctions; proliferation issues; terrorism

Campus phone: (518) 442-5272
Campus email: [email protected]


Bryan R. Early is an associate professor in the Political Science Department, the director of the Center for Policy Research (CPR) and the founding director of the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES).

He researches topics related to foreign policy, international security and political violence, and is an expert on economic sanctions, strategic trade controls and the proliferation of nuclear and aerospace technology.

His work has appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Psychology, Foreign Policy Analysis, and the Nonproliferation Review. His book Busted Sanctions: Explaining Why Economic Sanctions Fail (Stanford University Press, 2015) offers the first comprehensive explanation of the causes and consequences of sanctions busting.

Early graduated with his PhD in Political Science from The University of Georgia in 2009 and earned his BA in Politics from Washington and Lee University in 2004. From 2008-2009, he was a research fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As the Director of PISCES and a principal investigator at the Center for Policy Research, Early has been the recipient of 66 grant awards totaling over $8.6 million since 2011.

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