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Brandon Prins

Fellow, Global Security

Professor, Department of Political Science

PhD, Political Science, Michigan State University

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Prins examines global security issues from a social science perspective. His research interests include the causes and consequences of political violence, the incentives leaders have to use military force, and the relationship between the US president and Congress over directing foreign policy. He recently obtained a Minerva Grant from the Office of Naval Research to explore the renewed threat of maritime piracy. This three year project maps the changing face of pirates and piracy. Dr. Prins directs two other research projects at the Baker Center. One project explores the issue of territory and how it conditions conflict escalation. The second project explores the principal drivers of domestic terrorism in democratic states.

Research Interests

International Relations, Foreign Policy, Military Conflict, Global Security

Selected Publications

(2016) “The Homegrown Threat: State Weakness, Grievance, and Domestic Terrorism.” With Sam Ghatak. Forthcoming in International Interactions.

(2015) Enforcing Order: Territorial Reach and Maritime Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker. Forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science.

(2015) “Searching for Sanctuary: Government Power and the Location of Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker.  International Interactions 41(4): 699-717.

(2015) “The New Barbary Wars: Forecasting Maritime Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker. Foreign Policy Analysis 11(1): 23-44.

(2015) “The Sources of Presidential Foreign Policy Decision-Making: Executive Experience and Militarized Conflict Onset.” With Costel Calin. International Journal of Peace Studies 20(2): .

(2014) “U.S Leadership in a Post 9/11 World: Comparing World Views and Foreign Policy Decisions of George W. Bush and Barak Obama.” With Allan Wilford. Howard H. Baker Center, Jr. Center for Public Policy, Policy Brief 1:14.

(2014)  “Terror on the Seas: Assessing the Threat of Modern Day Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker and Amanda Sanford. SAIS Review, 2014. Online at

(2013) “Political Stability and the Incidence of Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57(6): 940-965.

(2011) “Power or Posturing? Congressional Influence on U.S. Presidential Decisions to Use Force.” With Bryan Marshall.  Presidential Studies Quarterly 41(3): 521-545.

(2010) “How Democracies Keep the Peace: Contextual Factors that Influence Conflict Management Strategies.” With Glynn Ellis and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell.  Foreign Policy Analysis 6: 373-398.

(2010) “Territory, River, and Maritime Claims in the Western Hemisphere: Regime Type, Rivalry, and MIDS from 1901-2000.” With David Lektzian and Mark Souva.  International Studies Quarterly 54(4): 1073-1098.

(2010) “Opportunities and Presidential Uses of Force: A Selection Model of Crisis Decision-Making.” With David Brule and Bryan W. Marshall. Conflict Management and Peace Science 27(5): 1-25.

(2010) “Interventions and Uses of Force Short of War.” In The International Studies Encyclopedia, Volume VII, edited by Robert A. Denemark. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Contact Information

Brandon Prins
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Dept. of Political Science
1001 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0410

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