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Daniel McCormack

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Daniel McCormack



I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. Currently, I am working on a dissertation that explores the implications of hierarchy in the international system. I use a game theoretic model to generate hypotheses over patterns of hierarchy creation and preservation, which I test using large-N quantitative analysis and several case studies.

More generally, my substantive research interests lie at the intersection of international and comparative politics.  Apart from my dissertation, I am interested in civil conflict, the effect of sanctions on international negotiations, and the relationship between political conflict and development outcomes, in particular gender equality.

I am currently a Graduate Fellow at the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft.  In the past I have also held a research position at the Innovations for Peace and Development lab at UT, where I was the co-lead of the analytics team. For more on both my dissertation and other projects, see the research tab at the top of this page.

Please feel free to contact me at mccormackdm [at] For more please see my personal website.


International Relations, Formal Theory, Methodology
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