Political Science


Vanessa Lefler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D. University of Iowa (2012).
    Fields: International Relations, Formal Theory, Methodology.
    Dissertation: Bargain Shopping for Peace? Strategies in Interstate Conflict Management
  • M.A. University of Iowa (2007)
  • B.A. in Political Science and English, Westminster College


  • PS 3210 International Relations
  • PS 3500 International Law
  • PS 4860 Adv. Studies in IR: Resolving Conflict in World Politics
  • 6120. Peace and Conflict Resolution: Concepts, Processes, and Consequences


  • International Relations: conflict and cooperation, conflict management, international organization, international law, formal theory in international relations
  • Formal Theory & Methodology: introductory game theory, strategy in politics, dynamic modeling, empirical implications of theoretical models, research design, experimental methodology