Michael Lopate is a doctoral candidate focusing on complexity science and international relations. His dissertation aims to provide a new theory explaining the decline of great powers, applying a complex systems framework and a cutting edge computaional modeling approach. Beyond the dissertation, his research interests include conflict processes, grand strategy, prestige politics, and the nexus of technology and IR, particularly with regards to technological revolutions and new domains of conflict.
Michael earned his B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University in 2013, and an M.A. with Honors from the University of Chicago's Committee on International Relations in 2015. Prior to his return to academia, Michael worked in the finance sector as an BSA/AML (Bank Secrecy Act/ anti-money laundering ) researcher.