PhD, George Washington University
MA, Baylor University
BA, Baylor University
Timothy D. Sisk is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School
of International Studies, University of Denver and Director of the Program on Fragile
States of the Sié Chéou Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the
School. He specializes in civil wars and political violence, and conflict prevention,
management, and peacebuilding in fragile and post-war contexts. He is also an Associate
Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland.
His research focuses on the nexus between democracy and governance and the management
of conflict in deeply divided societies, especially those emerging from civil war.
He has conducted extensive research on the role of international and regional organizations,
particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.
He is also the editor of the journal of the Academic Council of the United Nations
System (ACUNS), Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations.
Sisk’s latest scholarly book is titled Statebuilding: Consolidating Peace after Civil
War (Polity, 2013). He is the editor of the 2012 edited volume, Between Terror and
Tolerance: Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (Georgetown University Press). Other
recent books for which he is co-editor are: From War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding
(with Anna Jarstad, Cambridge University Press 2008) and The Dilemmas of Statebuilding:
Confronting the Contradictions of Postwar Peace Operations (with Roland Paris, Routledge
2009). Overall, he has authored or edited nine books and over 50 journal articles
and chapters in books.
Prior to joining the University of Denver in 1998, Sisk was a Program Officer and
Research Scholar in the Grant Program of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington
and, prior to that, a professional staff member for United States Senator Dale Bumpers
of Arkansas. Sisk earned a Ph.D. “with distinction” in political science (comparative
politics, research methods) from The George Washington University, in 1992, and an
MA in International Journalism (1984) and a BA in Foreign Service and German (1982)
from Baylor University.
Research and Expertise
International peace and security; negotiations and peace processes; UN peace operations
and post-settlement implementation of peace agreements; conflict amelioration, governance
and human development.
INTS 4495: Civil Wars and International Responses I: Causes and Consequences
INTS 4595: Civil Wars and International Responses II: Postwar Peacebuilding
INTS 4501: Comparative Politics: States and Societies in the 21st Century
INTS 4975: Democratization in Africa: Between Liberation and Consolidation
INTS 4517: The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
INTS 3030: Sport and International Politics: Power, Culture, and Capitalism
INTS 3090: The Nobel Peace Prize: From Henry Kissinger to Mother Teresa
Programs, Centers and Institutes
Program on Fragile States, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy
Geneva Center for Security Policy