Cody Schmidt

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Doctoral Candidate
Teaching Assistant

Research Areas

International Relations
Political Methodology
Conflict and Cooperation
Issue Correlates of War
Network Analysis


Cody is a fourth year PhD student in political science. His primary research is in international relations, with a focus on conflict and cooperation. His research is aimed at understanding the role of reputation and authority in conflict/cooperation patterns. While at Iowa, he has worked on the Issue Correlates of War Project under the supervision of Dr. Sara Mitchell.


Iowa State University, MA in Political Science, Minor in Statistics, 2016
University of Northern Iowa, BA in Political Science and Public Administration, 2014


  • Best Seminar Paper 2019
  • Nominated for Best Graduate Student Paper, ISA-Midwest
  • Political Science Graduate Student Award


  • Political Networks Conference Fellowship
  • Scholarship for Political Science Research; ICPSR Summer Program
  • Laurence Fairall Scholar


  • “Insecure Fisheries: How the Characteristics of Fishers Increase Risks for Interstate Conflict and Piracy” with Sara Mitchell at International Studies Association (2019) and American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Upcoming 2019)
  • “The Hard Lessons of Authority: How Subordinates Learn in the US Hierarchy,” St. Louis Area Methods Meeting (2019)
  • “Dependence in the Network of Authority” International Studies Association Midwest (2018), Minnesota Political Methods Colloquium (2019), Political Networks Conference (2019), International Studies Association (Upcoming 2020)