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Department of Political Science

Emeritus Faculty

Harvey Starr

Title: Dag Hammarskjold Professor Emeritus
Department: Political Science
Department of Political Science

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Harvey Starr (Ph.D., Yale University 1971) is the Dag Hammarskjöld Professor in International Affairs Emeritus in the Department of Political Science. He joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1989 after 17 years at Indiana University, and has served as chair of the Political Science Department at both institutions. He is author or co-author of 18 books and monographs, and over one hundred journal articles and book chapters.  

The recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, he has served as President of the International Studies Association (2013-14), President of the Peace Science Society (2000-01), and Vice-President of the American Political Science Association (1995-96). In 2015 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association, “in recognition of scholarly contributions that have fundamentally improved the study of conflict processes.” He also received the International Studies Association Section on Political Demography and Geography’s 2016-17 Distinguished Scholar/Myron Weiner Award.


Harvey Starr's research and teaching interests include theories and methods in the study of international relations, war and international conflict, geopolitics and diffusion analyses, and domestic influences on foreign policy (revolution; democracy), with current research interests in the causes and consequences of failed states and the theory and methods of necessary conditions.


In November 2016 he brought to a successful conclusion the final Ph.D. committee on which he served as chair; the twenty-first such committee at South Carolina.

Selected Publications 

World Politics: the Menu for Choice 10th edition (Wadsworth Cengage, 2012; with David Kinsella and Bruce Russett)

On Geopolitics: Space, Place, and International Relations (Paradigm, 2013)

Bruce Russett: Pioneer in the Scientific And Normative Study Of War, Peace, and Policy (Springer International Publishing AG, 2015).

The Israeli Conflict System: Analytic Approaches (Routledge, 2016; ed. with Stanley Dubinsky). 

State Failure in the Modern World (Stanford University Press, 2016; with Zaryab Iqbal).

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