Dr. Todd Sandler

Professor of Economics

Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy

Dr. Todd Sandler researches international political economy, defense, environmental issues, international health concerns, terrorism, and public economics.

He has been a faculty member of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas since August 2006.

Sandler’s research has appeared in leading journals in economics and political science, including the American Political Science Review, the American Economic Review and American Journal of Political Science. He has also authored or co-authored 22 books.

In 2009, Sandler placed fifth in a new, worldwide ranking system of public economists that accounts for the quality of journals in which the economists publish and the number of times other authors cite their work. The standings were published in the Journal of Public Economic Theory.

He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1971.

Sandler has been studying international terrorism since 1983, using economic and rational choice methods to study the issue instead of the more typical descriptive approach. He has access to a database containing comprehensive information on most international terrorism incidents since 1968.

Sandler also serves on numerous editorial boards, including American Review of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Bulletin of Economic Research, Defence and Peace Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Global Policy.

He has advised the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.

He is the co-recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War, given to recognize the most significant study on conflict prevention.

At UT Dallas, he directs the Center for Global Collective Action and teaches courses on game theory, political economy of terrorism, intermediate microeconomics, principles of economics, and public economics.

"Excellent teaching is a supreme challenge whose payback for future generations is priceless," he said.

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Dr. Todd Sandler

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences


Satchit Srinivasan created the chair in February 2005 and Sandler filled the position in September 2006. The professorship supports the research and scholarly activities of the chair-holder in the fields of economics and/or political economy.


Sandler is a pioneer in the application of rational choice to the study of terrorism.


"The study of global collective action can provide profound insights into policymaking that can better the world in so many ways."