I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego's Center for Peace and Security Studies.  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.  

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

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