The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleThe Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

Brandon Prins

Brandon Prins, Ph.D.  Curriculum Vitae Brandon Prins

Fellow, Global Security Program



International Relations, Foreign Policy, Military Conflict, Global Security


BA in History & Political Science, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

MS and PhD in Political Science, Michigan State University



Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville



T: 865-974-7047


Dr. Brandon Prins is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in international politics, foreign policy, and political methodology and, as well as directing the graduate studies for the Department of Political Science. Prins’ research focuses on the relationship between domestic politics, international relations, and militarized conflict. He currently is Chair of the Foreign Policy Section for the American Political Science Association and Chair of the Scientific Study of International Processes Section for the International Studies Association.  As a Global Security Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Prins also assists in programming and research to further the public’s knowledge of government and to highlight the critical importance of public service. Prins recently fulfilled a contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, collaborating on nuclear weapons proliferation and global security concerns.


Selected Projects & Publications:


“United States Uses of Force in Comparative Perspective” The Handbook of American Foreign Policy published by Routledge Press, 2011.


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


“Crossing the Militarized Threshold: Bilateral Vs. Third Party Conflict Management.” With Glynn Ellis and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell.  Foreign Policy Analysis 6: 373-398, 2010


“Rivalry, Territoriality, and Militarized Inter-State Conflict in the Western Hemisphere, 1901-2000.” With David Lektzian and Mark Souva.  International Studies Quarterly 54(4): 1073-109, 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, 2010.