Director and Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and Professor of Political Science
Christopher F. Gelpi (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994) is Director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University. His primary research interests are the sources of international militarized conflict and strategies for international conflict resolution. He is currently engaged in research on American public opinion and the use of military force, on popular attitudes and beliefs about terrorism, on modeling international conflict behavior in the laboratory, and on the impact of peace education curricula on the development of empathy. He has also published works on American civil-military relations and the use of force, the impact of democracy and trade on international conflict, patterns of transnational terrorist violence, the role of norms in crisis bargaining, alliances as instruments of control, diversionary wars, deterrence theory, and the influence of the international system on the outbreak of violence. He is author of The Power of Legitimacy: The Role of Norms in Crisis Bargaining (Princeton University Press, 2002), co-author (with Peter D. Feaver) of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton University Press, 2004). and co-author (with Peter Feaver and Jason Reifler) of Paying the Human Costs of War: American Public Opinion and Casualties in Military Conflicts (Princeton University Press, 2009). Some of his other works have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Political Behavior, American Behavioral Scientist, Political Science Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly.
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