Paul Vasquez is a political scientist specializing in international relations, particularly as it relates to military institutions. Before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2009, he received his B.A. from Mercer University and his M.A. from Ohio State University. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army in which he served from 1991-1995 as an intelligence analyst.
His research interests generally revolve around the political effect of military manpower systems on the way in which wars are waged. Vasquez has published his research in scholarly, peer-reviewed venues such as the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Armed Forces & Society. Those research projects have attempted to explain a variety of phenomenon: the casualty tolerance of democracies, Britain’s decision to end conscription during the Cold War, and the process by which military institutions influenced American interest in college football.
In the classroom, Vasquez teaches courses related to security studies and international conflict. Currently, he is a co-advisor to the University of Central Florida’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.
Dr. Paul Vasquez, lecturer and undergraduate coordinator, shared his thoughts on the historic efforts to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Pegasus, the official magazine of UCF, turned to... Read more
Pi Sigma Alpha is all about rebuilding and rebranding this year. In order to accomplish this, new PSA president, Aissa Dorange, is determined to bring in a new look and feel to the club. “PSA has not been a v... Read more
The release of a video showing the murder of American journalist and former UCF student Steven Sotloff has demanded attention globally. The murder of Steven Sotloff was a response to the US’s continued airstr... Read more
A collaborative study of immigration policy and the European Union involving Dr. Paul Vasquez of the UCF Political Science Department and Drs. Gallya Lahav (State University of New York at Stony Brook) and Anth... Read more