Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD, Chicago, 1995
Harkness Hall 337
A specialist in international relations and conflict, Hein's current research focuses on territory and borders. In his primary research project, and in working papers in collaboration with colleagues, he is investigating attachment and claims to territory and their impact on international relations. People will fight for homeland, but for no other territory. Hein's project explains and empirically demonstrates how people come to define the extent of the homeland through maps taught in the classroom. Tracing the history of borders through changing maps in South America (an ideally circumscribed case study), the project explores the impact of internalized national identity on territorial conflict.
His first book, War and Punishment, was published by Princeton University Press (2000), and focuses on the role of leaders in war termination--with an empirical focus on World War I. His second book, Leaders and International Conflict, co-authored with Giacomo Chiozza, was published by Cambridge University Press (2011) and focuses on the role of leaders in war inititiation. The book employs a new data set, Archigos, collected in collaboration with Giacomo Chiozza and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, to analyze the role of leaders in international conflict; Archigos won the 2014 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award sponsored by the American Political Science Association's section on Comparative Politics. The book also includes a detailed historical analysis of international conflict in Central America 1840 -- 1919. Leaders and International Conflict was awarded the Joseph Lepgold Prize (Georgetown University) for best book in International Relations in 2011.
Goemans' publications have appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the British Journal of Political Science. His teaching focuses on international relations, with an emphasis on conflict and international relations history. Goemans has discussed his work in non-academic settings on network TV, public radio and in posts on blogs such as The Washington Post's Monkey Cage.