Course developers and instructors hail from Harris Public Policy, Princeton University, and the United States Military Academcy.
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Harris Public Policy Professor Ethan Bueno de Mesquita

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita Sydney Stein Professor and Deputy Dean, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita is an applied game theorist whose research focuses on political violence—especially terrorism, insurgency, and rebellion—and on democratic accountability. He is the author of Political Economy for Public Policy and numerous articles in leading academic journals. He is a faculty affiliate of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and a voting member of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Bueno de Mesquita taught in the department of political science at Washington University in St. Louis and was a Lady Davis Fellow in political science and visiting fellow in the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the United States Institute of Peace. Bueno de Mesquita received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago and his master’s degree and PhD in political science from Harvard University.


Jacob Shapiro
Woodrow Wilson Professor Jacob Shapiro

Jacob Shapiro
Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Jacob Shapiro studies political violence, economic and political development in conflict zones, and security policy. He is the author of "The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations," the co-author of "Foundations of the Islamic State: Management, Money, and Terror in Iraq," and numerous articles in leading academic journals. Shapiro is the director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a faculty fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies, a research fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, an associate fellow of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives, president of Giant Oak Inc., and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His research has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Lab, Department of Homeland Security, Institute for the Study of Labor, International Growth Centre, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, State Department, United States Institute of Peace, and the World Bank. Shapiro received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and both his master’s degree in economics and PhD in political science from Stanford University. Prior to graduate school, he served in the US Navy and Naval Reserve.


Liam Collins
US Military Academy Professor Liam Collins

Liam Collins
Academy Professor and Director, Modern War Institute, United States Military Academy

Colonel Liam Collins is the director of the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy and the former director of the Combating Terrorism Center. A career Special Forces officer, he has served in a variety of special operations assignments and conducted multiple combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as operational deployments to Bosnia, Africa, and South America. Collins has taught a wide range of courses on substantive security topics, research methods, and leadership. He received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy and his master in public affairs degree and PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Collins is an elected life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Disclaimer: Collins’s instructional role does not constitute endorsement of the course by the Department of the Army or any other agency of the US government.