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I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. I have previously taught at Princeton University and the Pennsylvania State University. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester in 2009.

My research is in the field of international relations, with most projects addressing topics in conflict and security, and some topics at the intersection of security and international political economy. My most recent work explores two main areas in the study of political boundaries, territoriality and conflict. First, a set of projects explore how both the historical legacies of border institutions and their contemporary management shape patterns of conflict and cooperation among states. This research spans my work on the determinants and consequences of current uptick in the construction of border walls, as well as research on how the historical legacies of border institutions and of the border regions themselves continue to have important effects on state-level disputes, trade and investment, as well as on the political behavior and attitudes of the individuals living in border regions. Mirroring my agenda in international conflict, a second set of projects analyze the long-term affects of terrain on the distribution of sub-state groups with contentious relations with the state, and the consequences of sub-state groups’ territorial claims for patterns of violence in civil conflict.

My articles are published in American Political Science Review, International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Oxford Economic Papers, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Perspectives on Terrorism  and PS: Political Science and Politics.

You can find my curriculum vita here and more information about my research on the other page of the site. Click here for a link to my Google scholar page.

To contact me, please email at davidcarter@wustl.edu