Michael McKoy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations
On Faculty since 2014

Office: MSC 213
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Education

Ph.D., Politics, Princeton University, 2012.
Dissertation: “The Overthrow Option: The Strategic Choices of Interstate Conflict and Foreign-Imposed Regime Change

M.A., Politics, Princeton University, 2008.

B.A., (Graduation with Distinction) Political Science and History, Duke University, 2002.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • International Security
  • Domestic Political Transitions
  • Alliance Politics
  • East Asian International Politics
  • Middle East International Politics

Awards and Fellowships

  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Henry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Fellowship, 2010-2012
  • Patrice Y. Johnson *80 Memorial Service Award from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, 2012
  • George Kateb Prize for Best Preceptor in Politics- Department Teaching Award, 2011
  • Black Graduate Caucus Service Award, 2010
  • Princeton University Presidential Fellowship, 2006-2012
  • Robert S. Rankin Award for Leadership and Academic Achievement, 2002

Publications

“The Patron’s Dilemma: The Dynamics of Foreign-Supported Democratization,” (with Michael K. Miller). Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 56, No. 5 (October 2012), pp. 904-932.

“Coalition Dynamics and the Sèvres Pact: Do Opposites Attract?” in Pacts and Alliances in History: Diplomatic Strategy and the Politics of Coalitions, Melissa P. Yeager and Charles Carter, eds., London: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2012.

“Conclusion,” (with Melissa Yeager) in Pacts and Alliances in History: Diplomatic Strategy and the Politics of Coalitions, Melissa P. Yeager and Charles Carter, eds., London: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2012.

“Correspondence: Bargaining Theory and Rationalist Explanations for the Iraq War,” (with David A. Lake) International Security, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Winter 2011/2), pp. 177-188.

Working Papers

“Coercive Diplomacy, International Audiences, and the US Decision for War with Iraq.” Under Review.

“Strategic Dynamics of Revolutionary Interstate Conflict.”

“Allied Regime Change Policy in Germany and Japan: The Dilemma of Foreign-Imposed Democracy.”

“Public Threats or Prior Preferences? An Experimental Analysis of Audience Costs Effects.” (with Jack Levy, Paul Poast, and Geoffrey Wallace)

Conference Presentations

“Bush, Baghdad, and the Bargaining Model of War,” Presented at the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.

“Imposing or Controlling Democracy? Foreign-Imposed Democracy and Allied Pacification Strategy in Postwar Germany and Japan,” Presented at the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, April 2012.

“Imposing Regimes and Enforcing Peace: The Bush Democracy Doctrine Reexamined,” Presented at the International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2011.

“Planning for the Unthinkable: American Coup-Plotting on the Eve of the Iranian Revolution,” Presented at the International Studies Association, March 2011.

“Patron’s Dilemma: Dynamics of Foreign-Supported Democratization” (with Michael K. Miller). Presented at the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, September

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