Brian Lai

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Brian Lai
Associate Professor
Department Chair
343 SH
Drop-in hours:
MW 9:45–11:15am and by appointment
Phone number:
(319) 335-2353
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Research Areas

International Relations
Political Methodology
American Foreign Policy
Domestic Politics and International Relations
Conflict Processes


PhD Emory University, 2001


  • “’Draining the Swamp’: Empirical Examination of Factors that lead to the Production of International Terrorism, 1967-1997,” Conflict Management and Peace Science (2007).
  • “Institutions of the Offensive: Domestic Sources of Dispute Initiation in Authoritarian Regimes, 1950-1992,” American Journal of Political Science (with Dan Slater, 2006).
  • “Democracy, Political Similarity, and International Alliances, 1816-1992,” Journal of Conflict Resolution (with Dan Reiter, 2000).