Frank C. Zagare


Frank Zagare.

Frank C. Zagare


Frank C. Zagare


Scholarly Interests

International relations theory; conflict processes; interstate crisis, escalation and war; alliance dynamics; game theory

Contact Information

520 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8442

Fax: (716) 645-2166


Frank C. Zagare is UB Distinguished Professor of Political Science. A former Vice President of the International Studies Association, Dr. Zagare has served on the Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation, on the editorial boards of International Studies Quarterly,  International Interactions, and Oxford Bibliographies Online in International Relations, as a panelist for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, as a member of the Presidential Nominating Committee and the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the International Studies Association, as a Councilor for the Peace Science Society (International), as a Council Member of the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association, and on the Academic Advisory Board of the United Arab Emirates University. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the International Studies Association, and the United States Institute of Peace. In  2005 he received the Susan Strange Award from the International Studies Association. Professor Zagare is the author, co-author, or editor of seven books including Perfect Deterrence (with D. Marc Kilgour), The Dynamics of Deterrence, Game Theory: Concepts and Applications, and The Games of July: Explaining the Great War. His most recent book is Game Theory, Diplomatic History, and Security Studies. He is also curator of The Deterrence Project.


  • PhD, New York University
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, Fordham University

Current Research

Explaining escalation and limited conflicts; modeling extended deterrence; explaining the First World War.

Courses Taught

  • PSC 346 – Individuals and World Politics
  • PSC 393 – Game Theory and Politics
  • PSC 504 – Approaches to the Study of International Relations
  • PSC 533 – Formal Political Theory

Selected Publications