Bruce Martin Russett

Yale University
New Haven, CT
Political scientist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science


Bruce Russett is Dean Acheson Research Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Yale University, where he has taught since 1962. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of violence between nations. He did some of the earliest quantitative research on international relations, and has written books on international integration, the United Nations, the political economy of United States defense policy, deterrence and arms control, and peaceful relations among democracies. Much of his recent work is on the changing international system of interactions among democracy, economic interdependence, international organizations, and peace. He has received honorary doctorates from Uppsala University (2002) and Williams College (2011). He has held visiting appointments at Columbia, Michigan, North Carolina, Harvard, the Free University of Brussels, the Richardson Institute in London, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Tel Aviv, and Tokyo University Law School. He has edited the Journal of Conflict Resolution from 1973 through 2009, and with Paul Kennedy staffed the Ford Foundation's 1995 report, The United Nations in Its Second Half-Century. A past President of the International Studies Association (1983-84) and of the Peace Science Society (International) (1977-79), in 2009 he received the Society's third quadrennial Founder's Medal for "significant and distinguished life-long scientific contributions to peace science." Of his 27 books, some of the more recent are Grasping the Democratic Peace (1993); The Once and Future Security Council (1997); Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organizations (2001) with John Oneal; awarded the International Studies Association's prize for Best Book of the Decade 2000-2009); and Hegemony and Democracy (2011). Russett received the B.A. degree (1956) in political economy from Williams College, a Diploma (1957) in economics from King's College, Cambridge, and the Ph.D. (1961) in political science from Yale University.

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