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D. Scott Bennett

D. Scott Bennett

D. Scott Bennett

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and
Distinguished Professor of Political Science
105 Sparks University Park, PA 16802
D. Scott Bennett

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Bio

Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1993. Dr. D. Scott Bennett is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Associate Director of the Correlates of War Project.  His research interests include using statistical and simulation models to study international conflict, war termination, and insurgency.  His work has appeared in journals including the American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.  He is the author (together with Allan Stam, University of Virginia) of The Behavioral Origins of War (2004, University of Michigan Press).  Has developed the MARGene and EUGene software packages (EUGene won the 2011 J. David Singer Data Innovation Award from the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association). The latest expansion and update to EUGene was developed with Stam and Professor Paul Poast (Chicago).  He has studied the causes of international conflict; modelled the duration of international phenomena including wars, crises, rivalries, and alliances; developed software to allow merging and use of multiple data sources concerning international conflict; and examined comparative theory testing in international relations. Most recently, he has been developing and expanding agent-based simulations of how insurgencies develop. At Penn State, he teaches courses on general international relations, international conflict, and conflict resolution.

Areas of Interest

  • International Relations
  • Methodology