Patricia L. Sullivan is a Professor in Public Policy and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, and Chair of the Department of Public Policy, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004 with concentrations in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. She teaches courses in foreign policy, international conflict, national security policy, global policy issues, and political institutions.

Dr. Sullivan’s research explores the utility of military force as a policy instrument; the effects of foreign military aid and assistance provided to both state and nonstate actors; and factors that affect leaders’ decisions to initiate, escalate, or terminate foreign military operations. Her research has been funded by an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Office of Naval Research. Her book, Who Wins? Predicting Strategic Success and Failure in Armed Conflict, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

For more information about Dr. Sullivan’s research, please see her curriculum vitae.