Carrie A. Lee, PhD

Welcome! I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame International Security Center. I study how democratic political institutions affect inter-state conflict and foreign policy decision-making.  My work evaluates how elections alter the incentives of democratic leaders during conflict, resulting in risk-averse battlefield strategies in the month leading up to an election as politicians attempt to reduce casualties.  I have also done work on counterinsurgency strategy, humanitarian crises and intervention, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation

My work has been supported by the Stanton Foundation, the LBJ Foundation, the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and Stanford University, and has been included on syllabi at Yale, MIT, Stanford, and other major universities. My PhD dissertation (upon which my book manuscript is based) was awarded first runner-up for the 2015 Kenneth Waltz Prize from the American Political Science Association, an award that recognizes the best dissertation written in security studies in a calendar year. I remain an adjunct political scientist for the RAND Corporation, where I work on hypersonic missile technology and nonproliferation issues.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in August 2015, and a Bachelor of Science from MIT in 2010. You may view and download my CV here.

Last updated: 12/4/2016