BA, Sewanee: The University of the South; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Research Areas: International Relations, Security Studies, Political Psychology, Insurgency, Terrorism, Intelligence
My main research interests are focused on decision-making about war and conflict, intelligence, and insurgency.
My work on decision-making has focused on the role of emotion in leaders’ wartime decisions about strategy, the use of WMDs, and war termination.
My work on insurgency and intelligence is currently informed, to a large degree, by archival materials related to participants in the World War II-era French resistance.
I also have interests in public opinion research and just war theory.
I have published articles in International Organization, Political Psychology, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy Analysis, and other journals.
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Security Studies Students Honored
Security Studies Ph.D. candidate Rebecca Schiel won the grand prize in the Jim Winkates Graduate Student Paper Competition, awarded by the International Studies Association’s Southern…
Examining the Effects of Demanding the Impossible
With primary research interests focusing in international relations and security studies, Dr. Thomas Dolan recently published an article: Demanding the Impossible: War, Bargaining, and Honor. Published in Security…
The Emotional War – How Bad News Effects Decision Making
“Emotion and Strategic Learning in War” an article recently published by Assistant Professor Thomas Dolan. The article was published in the International Studies Association Journal Foreign Policy Analysis.…