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 a veteran of the U.S. Army in which he served from 1991-1995 as an intelligence analyst, including an overseas service in South Korea.

His research interests revolve around the political effect of military manpower systems.  Vasquez has published 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 wartime casualty tolerance of democracies, the likelihood of post-coup democratization, 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 various courses related to security studies and international conflict, as well as class on The Politics of Sports.  Currently, he serves as the advisor to the International and Global Studies Major, as well as the Global Peace and Security Minor and the Terrorism Minor for UCF’s School of Politics, Security and International Affairs.

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