PhD Political Science, University of California, San Diego; International Relations
and Comparative Politics
Deborah Avant is the Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy and Director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacyat the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. She has also held positions at University of California, Irvine and George Washington University. Her research (funded by the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Olin Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation, among others) has focused on civil-military relations, military change, and the politics of controlling violence. She is author/editor of Who Governs the Globe? with Martha Finnemore and Susan Sell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), The Market for Force: the Consequences of Privatizing Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Political Institutions and Military Change: Lessons From Peripheral Wars (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994) , along with many journal articles. With the help of the Sié team, she launched the Private Security Monitor http://psm.du.edu/index.html (an annotated guide to regulation, analysis, and data on private military and security services throughout the world) in August 2012. Professor Avant serves on numerous governing and editorial boards and has testified before Congressional Committees and the Commission for Wartime Contracting.