Bryan Early

Bryan Early

Associate Dean for Research, Professor, and Vice Chair of Political Science
Department of Political Science
International Affairs
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
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PhD, Political Science, The University of Georgia
BA, Politics, Washington and Lee University

Bryan Early

Specialization: Sanctions, WMD Proliferation, International Relations, & Political Violence

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Dr. Bryan R. Early is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Research at the University at Albany, SUNY’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs Policy. Dr. Early is also the founding director of the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) and served as the Director of the Center for Policy Research from 2015-2019.  He has published 28 peer-reviewed academic articles on the topics such as economic sanctions, weapons of mass destruction security issues, shadow economies, and political violence.  His book Busted Sanctions: Explaining Why Economic Sanctions Fail (Stanford University Press, 2015) provides the first comprehensive explanation of how and why countries undercut economic sanctions via the trade and aid they provide to sanctioned states. Dr. Early has received over 71 grant awards totaling over $10.3 million, mostly on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Security and Nonproliferation. He has extensive experience writing grants, managing team-based international projects, developing training curricula for government officials, and advising governments on strategic trade control and sanctions policies. His PISCES Team has worked with over two dozen governments around the world on nonproliferation and economic statecraft issues. Dr. Early earned his PhD from The University of Georgia in 2009 and is a former research fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Recent Policy Contributions:

Bryan R. Early. 2019. “Deterrence and Disclosure: The Dual Logics Promoting U.S. Sanctions Compliance.” Center for New American Security, June 10.

Bryan R. Early. 2018. “U.S. sanctions against Iran just got tougher. What happens now?” The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog, November 3.

Robert Blanton, Bryan Early, and Dursun Peksen. 2018. “What 45 Years of Data Tell Us about Globalization’s Influence on the Shadow Economy.” Harvard Business Review, May 8.

Selected Publications:

Dursun Peksen and Bryan R. Early. Web First. "Internal Conflicts and Shadow Economies.Journal of Global Security Studies.

Bryan R. Early and Amira Jadoon. Web First. “Using the Carrot as the Stick: U.S. Foreign Aid and the Effectiveness of Sanctions Threats.” Foreign Policy Analysis.  

Bryan R. Early and Marcus Schulzke. 2019. “Still Unjust, Just in Different Ways: How Targeted Sanctions Fall Short of Just War Theory’s Principles.” International Studies Review 21(1): 57-80.

Bryan R. Early and Dursun Peksen. Web First. "Searching in the Shadows: The Impact of Economic Sanctions on Informal Economies." Political Research Quarterly.