Biography

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.

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