Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colgate University. I am also an incoming Co-Editor of International Studies Perspectives. 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, reputations and coercion, civil-military relations, political psychology, foreign policy, and experimental methods.
My research is published or forthcoming in Political Analysis, International Interactions, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Global Security Studies. My book Reputation for Resolve: How Leaders Signal Determination in International Politics is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series (available March 2020). My policy relevant writings have been featured on ForeignPolicy.com and The Washington Post's Monkey Cage (I, II). I am also a permanent contributor to Political Violence @ A Glance, where I engage in policy analysis of current events and international problems. My media appearances include CNN, the New York Times, War on the Rocks' Warcast, and the POTUS radio show.
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. Follow me on Twitter: @ProfLupton.