Dr. David Sobek 


PhD: Pennsylvania State University
Office: 207 Stubbs Hall
Phone: 2250-578-2141
Fax: 225-578-2540



Curriculum Vitae

Area of Interest

Dr. Sobek specializes in the field of international relations. In particular, he examines the causes of international conflict and how domestic politics, economics, and historic processes affect it.


Selected Publications

Sobek, David, with Dennis Foster and Alex Braithwaite. 2013. "There Can Be No Compromise: Institutional Inclusiveness, Fractionalization and Domestic Terrorism." British Journal of Political Science. January: 1-17.

Sobek, David, with Dennis Foster and Samuel Robison. 2012. "Conventional Wisdom? The Effect of Nuclear Proliferation on Armed Conflict, 1945-2001." International Studies Quarterly.

Sobek, David. 2010. "Ballots, Bargains, and Bombs: Terrorist Targeting of Spoiler Opportunities," with Alex Braithwaite and Dennis Foster. International Interactions 36(3): 294-305.

Sobek, David. 2010. "Masters of their Domains: the Role of State Capacity in Civil Wars." Journal of Peace Research. 47(3): 267-273.

Sobek, David. 2010. "Three's Company: International War, Economic and Political Development," with Cameron Thies. International Studies Quarterly. 54(1): 267-287.

Sobek, David. 2010. "A Tale of Two Types: Rebel Goals and the Onset of Civil Wars," with Caroline Payne. International Studies Quarterly. 54(1): 213-240.

Sobek, David. 2010. "Unspoken Reciprocity: The Effect of Major Shifts in Israeli Policy on International Terrorism," with Alex Braithwaite. In Coping with Terrorism: Origins, Escalations, Counterstrategies, and Responses. Rafael Reuveny and William Thompson, eds. SUNY Press.

Sobek, David. 2008. The Causes of War. Polity Press. Cambridge, UK.


POLI 2057 Introduction to International Relations
POLI 4040 Military History
POLI 4048 International Conflict and Cooperation
POLI 7940 International Relations
POLI 7961 Approves to the Study of Politics
POLI 7964 Special Topics: Social Science