David Rousseau

Studies foreign policy, shared identity, military conflict and its impact on political development

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David Rousseau

Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department: Political Science

International relations; foreign policy; shared identity and military conflict; political development

Campus phone: (518) 442-5245
Campus email: [email protected]


Rousseau’s research interests focus 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, Professor Rousseau has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of Peace Research.

Rousseau received his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his Ph.D. 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).