Short Biography

Bear F. Braumoeller is a political scientist who conducts research in the areas of international relations, political methodology, and complexity and human behavior. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and he held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Harvard University before moving to Ohio State.

His present work focuses on the decline-of-war thesis, the relationship between international order and international conflict, and causal inference based on observational data. He currently directs the Complexity, Networks, and Human Behavior community of practice under the Translational Data Analytics Institute at Ohio State and serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Political Science.

Employers and Terminal Ranks

  • 2008-present Ohio State University

    Department of Political Science
    Professor

  • 2000-2008 Harvard University

    Department of Government
    Associate Professor

  • 1998-2000 University of Illinois

    Department of Political Science
    Assistant Professor

Selected Awards

Professor Braumoeller’s research and teaching have won numerous awards, both in international relations and in political methodology. He is or has been on the Editorial Boards of five major journals or series, currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Global Security Studies, and is a past Councilor of the Peace Science Society.

Nobel Fellow

Norwegian Nobel Institute
Visiting Fellow

Best Book

International Studies Association
Best Book Award

Best Reviewer

Society for Political Methodology
Best Reviewer Award

Selected Publications

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Only the Dead: The Persistence of War in the Modern Age

Oxford University Press, forthcoming
Braumoeller, Bear F.
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Flexible Causal Inference for Political Science

Political Analysis 26:1 (2018): 54—71
Braumoeller, Bear F., Giampiero Marra, Rosalba Radice, and Aisha E. Bradshaw
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Unifying the Study of Asymmetric Hypotheses

Political Analysis, 25(3): 381—401, 2017
Rosenberg, Andrew S., Austin J. Knuppe, and Bear F. Braumoeller
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Research Projects

Professor Braumoeller’s recent research revolves around the assessment of the widespread claim that international warfare has been in steady decline for centuries. His skeptical contribution to this literature, titled Only the Dead: The Persistence of War in the Modern Age, is due out from Oxford University Press in 2019. That research led him to launch two related research programs, on the relationship between international order and international conflict and on models of complexity in human behavior.