About Me

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colgate University. My research investigates the impact of individual leaders on international security and foreign policy. More specifically, I am interested in how the behavior and characteristics of individuals affect the onset of interstate conflict, as well as how leaders use the tools of coercion to pursue their foreign policies. My research specialties include   elite decision-making, reputation for resolve, coercion and deterrence, political psychology, foreign policy, and experimental methods. 

My research is published or forthcoming in International Interactions, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Global Security Studies. My work has been featured on ForeignPolicy.com and The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, and my media appearances include the New York TimesI am also a permanent contributor to Political Violence @ a Glancewhere I engage in policy analysis of current events and international problems. For more information about my research, please see my CV or visit my research page. 

If you are interested in learning more about my research or teaching please contact me at: dlupton [at] colgate [dot] edu. 

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