Alexandre Debs

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Associate Professor with Tenure of Political Science
115 Prospect St, Room 311
+1 (203) 432-3948


Ph.D., Economics, MIT, June 2007
M.Phil. (with Distinction), Economic and Social History, Oxford, June 2002
B.Sc., Economics and Mathematics, Université de Montréal, June 2000

Alexandre Debs is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he is also a Research Fellow at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and co-Director of the Leitner Program of International and Comparative Political Economy.
He is interested in the causes of war, nuclear proliferation, and democratization. His previous work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the Economics of Peace and Security Journal, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. He is the author of the book Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Proliferation (with Nuno Monteiro).
Alexandre received a Ph.d. degree in Economics from M.I.T., an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, and a B.Sc. in Economics and Mathematics from Université de Montréal.
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Publications (since 2010):

Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Proliferation (with Nuno Monteiro), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in International Relations. Webpage at CUP.
“The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Proliferation” (with Nuno Monteiro). International Security. Vol. 39, No. 2 (2014), pp. 7-51. Published article here. Earlier (ungated) version at SSRN here.
Known Unknowns: Power Shifts, Uncertainty, and War” (with Nuno Monteiro) International Organization. Vol. 68, No. 1 (2014), pp. 1-31.
Circumstances, Domestic Audiences, and Reputational Incentives in International Crisis Bargaining” (with Jessica Weiss). Journal of Conflict Resolution. Vol. 60, No. 3 (2016), pp. 403-433.
Regime Type, the Fate of Leaders, and War” (with H.E. Goemans) American Political Science Review. Vol. 104, No. 3 (2010), pp. 430-445. 
Living by the Sword and Dying by the Sword? Leadership Transitions In and Out of Dictatorships,” International Studies Quarterly Vol. 60, No. 1 (2016), pp. 73-84.
Inequality under Democracy: Explaining the Left Decade in Latin America” (with Gretchen Helmke). Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Vol. 5, No. 3 (2010), pp. 209-241.
“Economic Theories of Dictatorship” The Economics of Peace and Security Journal. Vol. 5, No. 1 (2010), pp. 11-17. Published article here. Pre-print version available here.


2010-01-27 - MacMillan Report - Leadership Transitions in and Out of Dictatorships

Classes Taught:

PLSC 163. PLSC 663. Domestic Politics and International Conflict
PLSC 346. GLBL 180. Game Theory and International Relations
PLSC 456. Introduction to Political Economy
PLSC 518. Introduction to Game Theory
PLSC 696. International Relations II
PLSC 721. ECON 792. Political Economy of Institutions and Development


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