Todd Sandler

Todd Sandler


  • terrorism
  • counterterrorism
  • game theory
  • hostage negotiations
  • international conflict
  • treaties
  • international terrorism


Emily Martinez

Expert at a Glance

Todd Sandler, Ph.D. School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy

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

Sandler is the author or co-author of 21 books, and his research has appeared in leading economic and political science journals. He has advised the United Nations Development Program, the World 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, public finance and public economics. Sandler received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Updated: November 29, 2011