Vanessa A. Lefler

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Middle Tennessee State University
Peck Hall Room 209, MTSU PO Box 29
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Middle Tennessee State University. In July 2012, I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. My major fields of interest are international relations and formal theory where my research studies the intersection of international security and the use of intergovernmental institutions.

My dissertation, Bargaining for Peace? Strategic Forum Selection in Interstate Conflict Management, explored states' strategies in the management of contentious, interstate disputes. It asked why third party management, notably legal arbitration and adjudication, is relatively rare in interstate conflict, despite its well-established success. Through a combination of formal bargaining models and laboratory experiments, I conclude that third party management is rare because states broker bilateral agreements that emulate the features of successful third party tactics. My current research builds on this work by expanding the scope of my experimental analyses and studying applications to other types of conflict (e.g., civil conflict).

My research page details further my current research, along with my other work on international security and institutions. My teaching page provides additional information about the courses I have instructed and some tools I have developed for my classrooms. Additionally, my c.v. may be found at the above link or below.
Vanessa A. Lefler - C.V.