David B. Carter


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Politics at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester in 2009.

Broadly, my research is in the field of international relations, with a focus on conflict. More specifically, my research explores territoriality and conflict, the role violent non-state actors such as terrorist and insurgent groups play in international relations, and the use foreign aid as a policy tool, among other topics. My papers are published or forthcoming in International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Perspectives on Terrorism and PS: Political Science and Politics.

You can find my curriculum vita and more information about my research below.  Current projects explore: how violent non-state actors strategically choose tactics in anticipation of government response, how targets of transnational terrorist and insurgent groups apply pressure on host states, the ways in which new international boundaries affect conflict and cooperation between neighboring states, and how domestic political institutions, democratic or authoritarian, influence the incentives of marginalized groups to employ violence.


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