Brandon Prins

Curriculum Vitae

Fellow, Global Security

PhD, Political Science, Michigan State University

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

(2013)  “Terror on the Seas: Assessing the Threat of Modern Day Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker and Amanda Sanford. Forthcoming in SAIS Review, Summer/Fall 2013.

(2013) “The New Barbary Wars: Forecasting Maritime Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker. Forthcoming in Foreign Policy Analysis.

(2013) “Political Stability and the Incidence of Piracy.” With Ursula Daxecker. Forthcoming in Journal of Conflict Resolution.

(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.

Contact Information

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