Michael Poznansky

Assistant Professor
3428 Posvar Hall


PhD, 2016, University of Virginia
MA, 2013, University of Virginia
BA, 2011, University of Delaware

Biography Information

Michael Poznansky is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Intelligence Studies at GSPIA. His current research explores the role that secrecy and deception play in world politics. Prior to joining GSPIA, Professor Poznansky was a research fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware and his MA and PhD in Politics from the University of Virginia.

Teaching and Research Areas

International relations, security studies, intelligence studies, American foreign policy, research methods

Peer Reviewed Publications

Poznansky, Michael and Matt K. Scroggs (Forthcoming). "Ballots and Blackmail: Coercive Bargaining and the Democratic Peace." International Studies Quarterly. 

Poznansky, Michael (2015). "Stasis or Decay? Reconciling Covert War and the Democratic Peace." International Studies Quarterly. 59(4): 815–826. 

Owen, John M. and Michael Poznansky (2014). "When Does America Drop Dictators?" European Journal of International Relations. 20(4): 1072–1099.

Other Publications

Carson, Austin and Michael Poznansky (2016). “The Logic for (Shoddy) U.S. Covert Action in Syria.” War on the Rocks

Neuman, Craig and Michael Poznansky (2016). “Swaggering in Cyberspace: Busting the Conventional Wisdom on Cyber Coercion.” War on the Rocks

Poznansky, Michael and Evan Perkoski (2016). “Attribution and Secrecy in Cyberspace.” War on the Rocks 

Poznansky, Michael (2015). "Critical Stasis: A Reply to Barkawi." ISQ Online Symposia


Covert Action in World Politics (PIA 2308)


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260