Patrick Regan

Patrick Regan

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Professor of Political Science
ND-GAIN Associate Director
Faculty Fellow, Kroc Institute

Office: 332 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-8834

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Areas of Expertise

Politics of climate change, conflict management, civil wars, external interventions

Regan is the associate director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) for ND-GAIN. He studies how interventions shape conflict, paying particular attention to the interaction between military interventions and diplomatic mediation in civil wars. Regan is also exploring the conditions under which water scarcity driven by climate changes influences the likelihood of observing armed conflict. A key part of this research involves the role of social adaptation to the climate stressors. Regan is the author of four books, “The Politics of Global Climate Change” (Paradigm, 2014), “Sixteen Million One: Understanding Civil War” (Paradigm, 2010), “Civil Wars and Foreign Powers” (Michigan, 2000) and “Organizing Societies for War” (Praeger, 1994). He also has published a number of research articles in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and others. He has served on the editorial boards of the International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Civil Wars, and International Interactions. He also serves on the advisory board of the International Studies Intensive Series of Paradigm Press and the advisory board of the Correlates of War Project. He is the immediate past president of the Peace Science Society. Regan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1992.


The Science of Modeling Peace


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