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I am a political scientist focusing on international conflict, especially using formal models.  I earned my PhD in political science from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 2019, focusing on international relations and research methods.  I previously earned a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado and a master's degree from Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, both in International Affairs.  In addition, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego's Center for Peace and Security Studies from 2019-2020.    

My research explores why wars begin and end using the bargaining model of conflict.  My dissertation develops the bargaining model of war by incorporating a more detailed account of war processes, particularly military strategy and outcomes, to explain war termination.  In several other papers, I used formal models to better understand why wars begin.  In one of these papers (coauthored with Josh Strayhorn) we explored when first-strike advantages may cause war.  

As a Graduate Part-Time Instructor at CU, I have taught Introduction to International Relations (Summer 2018), American Foreign Policy(Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2017), and War, Peace and Strategy (Summer 2016).  I have also served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to International Relations and Quantitative Research Methods.  

You can contact me at steven.beard@colorado.edu

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Steven Beard,
Jul 17, 2020, 3:52 AM