Hein Goemans
Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD, Chicago, 1995

Harkness Hall 337
(585) 275-5319

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. For this project he is collecting time series of school atlases, geography textbooks and government maps from all South American countries from 1870 on, in roughly five year intervals. The maps from these sources are geo-referenced to form the basic data for the project, which has both security and conflict as well as comparative politics applications. 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.