Dr. Paul F. Diehl

Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science

Associate Provost and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Paul F. Diehl joined UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences in 2015 and helped establish the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University. His areas of expertise include the causes of war, U.N. peacekeeping and international law.

Previously, Diehl, who received his PhD in political science at the University of Michigan in 1983, was Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He formerly served as director of the Correlates of War Project, the largest data collection effort on international conflict in the world. He is also Founding Director Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Academy and Founding Director Emeritus of the Office of Undergraduate Research, both at the University of Illinois. He is also past editor-in-chief of International Interactions.

Some of his books include The Puzzle of Peace, International Mediation, The Dynamics of International Law, Evaluating Peace Operations, Peace Operations, The Scourge of War, War and Peace in International Rivalry, A Road Map to War: Territorial Dimensions of International Conflict, The Dynamics of Enduring Rivalries, International Peacekeeping and Territorial Changes and International Conflict. He is the editor of 13 other books and the author of over 150 journal articles and book chapters on international security matters.

Diehl has received numerous grants and awards including those from the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace and the Lilly Foundation. He was the 1998 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award given by the International Studies Association to the leading young scholar on peace and conflict issues. He has received 10 awards for his teaching, including the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as being a four-time winner of the Clarence Berdahl Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction. Diehl is the recipient of the inaugural award for teaching and mentoring given by the International Studies Association-Midwest. He is past president of the Peace Science Society (International) and past president of the International Studies Association.

Dr. Paul F. Diehl

School of Economic, Political
and Policy Sciences


Dr. Diehl is the author or editor of 25 books and over 100 articles and chapters in the areas of international conflict, peacekeeping and international law. He formerly served as president of the International Studies Association and director of the Correlates of War Project. He also is the recipient of 10 awards for excellence in teaching.


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