Daniel Geller

Daniel Geller



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2001 Faculty/Administration Building

Curriculum vitae

Daniel Geller

Dr. Daniel S. Geller is professor of Political Science at Wayne State University.  He conducts research and teaches in the areas of International Politics, Defense Policy, and Foreign Policy. He was a fellow at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the U.S. Department of State during 1998-1999. From 2000 through 2010 he served as a consultant with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Technology and Assessments.

In 2009, Dr. Geller was a member of a Senior Advisory Group to the U.S. Strategic Command for the Nuclear Posture Review (2010). For 2001-2003, he was the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to the Correlates of War (COW) Project involving the expansion of the militarized interstate dispute database. During 2003, Professor Geller served as program chair for the 44th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association. He has published extensively in journals and edited collections on such subjects as nuclear weapons and the escalation of interstate crises, conventional capability balances and the outbreak of war, and the power status of states and patterns of international conflict.

Professor Geller is the author of Domestic Factors in Foreign Policy: A Cross-National Statistical Analysis (Schenkman, 1985). He is co-author with J. David Singer of Nations at War: A Scientific Study of International Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and is co-editor with John Vasquez of The Construction and Cumulation of Knowledge in International Relations (Blackwell Ltd., 2004). His latest published work (2019) involves the integration of realist and neo-liberal theories of war. He is currently engaged in a study focusing on the effects of terrain and strategy on victory or defeat in war. Professor Geller was chair of the Department of Political Science at Wayne State University from 2004 through 2023.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • World politics
  • Methodology
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • U.S. defense policy
  • Conflict analysis


Quantitative analysis of interstate war.


  • Ph.D. Rutgers University, 1977
  • A.M. Rutgers University, 1972
  • A.B. Drew University, 1970

Awards and grants

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Grant. “A Framework for Operational Improvement in Border Security,” Co-Principal Investigator, 2008-10.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant. “Applying Research Findings to Cross-Border Security Cooperation,” Co-Principal Investigator, 2005.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant. “Collaborative Research on the Militarized Interstate Dispute Data Set,” Principal Investigator, 2000-03.
  • University of Mississippi Foundation Research Grant. “Mathematical Conflict Analysis,” Principal Investigator, 1994.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel Grant. (paper presentation IPSA World Congress), 1985, 1991, 1994.
  • United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Research Grant. “Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence, and Crisis Escalation,” Principal Investigator, 1988-89.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Correlates of War Project, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1987.
  • Atlantic Council Fellow, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE), Casteau, Belgium, 1986.
  • Sloan Foundation Fellow, MIT-Harvard Program on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984.
  • University of Mississippi Faculty Research Grant, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1993.
  • Ter Marsch Dissertation Award, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, 1978.
  • Walter C. Russell Fellowship, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, 1974-75

Selected publications

  • "Integrating Realist and Neoliberal Theories of War."
    • Co-author with Konstantinos Travlos. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. Vol. 25, No. 2, 2019.
  • “Nuclear Weapons and International Conflict: Theories and Empirical Evidence.”
    • In William Thompson (ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • “A Dynamic Model of Suicide Terrorism and Political Mobilization.”
    • Co-author with Alvin M. Saperstein. International Political Science Review, Vol. 36, No. 5, 2015.
  • "J. David Singer on Deterrence, Arms Control, and Disarmament."
    • Special Forum: Reflections and Reassessments on the Early Work and Ideas of J. David Singer, co-edited with Paul F. Diehl. International Studies Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2013.
  • "Nuclear Weapons and War."
    • In John A. Vasquez (ed.), What Do We Know About War? (Second Edition). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.
  • The Construction and Cumulation of Knowledge in International Relations.
    • Co-editor with John A. Vasquez. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Ltd., 2004.
  • Nations at War: A Scientific Study of International Conflict.
    • Co-author with J. David Singer. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

  • Consultant, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense
  • Foster Fellow, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

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Courses taught by Daniel Geller

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Winter Term 2022