Exploring the role that secrecy and deception play in world politics, Michael’s research sits at the intersection of security and intelligence studies, with a focus on why and how leaders exploit secrecy on the world stage. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Global Security Studies, and the Journal of Peace Research.


Teaching and Research Areas

Poznansky’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • International relations
  • Security studies
  • Intelligence studies
  • American foreign policy



Select Publications and Funded Research

  • In the Shadow of International Law: Secrecy and Regime Change in the Postwar World. (Oxford University Press, 2020). 
  • Michael Poznansky and Evan Perkoski (2018). "Rethinking Secrecy in Cyberspace: The Politics of Voluntary Attribution."  Journal of Global Security Studies 3(4): 402-416.
  • William Spaniel and Michael Poznansky (2018). "Credible Commitment in Covert Affairs." American Journal of Political Science 62(3): 668-681.
  • Michael F. Joseph and Michael Poznansky (2018). "Media Technology, Covert Action, and the Politics of Exposure." Journal of Peace Research 55(3): 320-335.



Awards and Honors

  • Dickey Center for International Understanding Dartmouth Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security, Dartmouth College, 2020–2021.
  • Non-resident Fellow, Modern War Institute, United States Military Academy at West Point, present.
  • Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, 2015-2016.
  • Eisenhower-Roberts Graduate Fellowship, The Eisenhower Institute, 2015 - 2016 Bynum Grant, Quantitative Collaborative, 2015.
  • Annual Robert J. Huskey Research Exhibition Award Winner for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd place, University of Virginia, 2013; 2015 (with Samuel H. Plapinger).



Consultancies and Public Service

  • Reviewer, American Political Science Review, American Politics Research, Civil Wars, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Oxford University Press.


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