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Patricia Sullivan - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Patricia Sullivan Patricia Sullivan

Associate Professor of public policy, UNC College of Arts and Sciences | UNC-Chapel Hill


Sullivan’s research focuses on the utility and limitations of military force as a policy instrument and the impact of military assistance.






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Patricia Sullivan received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004 with a concentration in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. She teaches courses in foreign policy analysis, international conflict, national security policy, and research design.

Sullivan’s research focuses on the utility and limitations of military force as a policy instrument. She has also published research about factors that lower the odds that an international conflict will escalate to violence, the effects of U.S. military aid on other countries’ behavior toward the United States, the conditions under which democratic leaders end foreign military operations, and domestic public support for sustaining military operations abroad. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. She has been invited to present her research to academic audiences as well as units under the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and officers at the Naval Postgraduate School.

She is on the Executive Board of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the advisory board for the Correlates of War Project.

Industry Expertise (6)

International Affairs

Public Policy



Political Organization

Government Administration

Areas of Expertise (4)

Threats of Military Force

International Conflict

Military Force

Military Strategy

Accomplishments (7)

Andrew Carnegie Fellow, 2015 (professional)

Carnegie Corporation of New York

School of Public and International Affairs Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011 (professional)

University of Georgia

Dissertation Award, 2005 (professional)

Committee on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (CAMOS), American Political Science Association

Graduate Student Paper Prize, 2004 (professional)

"War Aims and War Outcomes: Major Power Military Operations since World War II." APSA Committee on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (CAMOS)

Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2008-2010 (professional)

University of Georgia

Walter Isard Award for the Best Dissertation in Peace Science, 2004-2006 (professional)

Peace Science Society International

Dissertation Year Fellow, 2003-2004 (professional)

University of California

Education (3)

Colorado State University: M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education 1996

University of California, Davis: Ph.D., Political Science, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Research Methodology 2004

Santa Clara University: B.S., Political Science 1993

Affiliations (4)

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense
  • Curriculum in Global Studies
  • Triangle Institute for Security Studies