Scott Sigmund Gartner

Director, Penn State School of International Affairs Professor of International Affairs
(814) 867-2789
University Park

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Chicago (with honors)

Curriculum Vitae

Scott Sigmund Gartner is a scholar of conflict mediation and empirical studies of war. His research focuses on the intersection of foreign and domestic politics, U.S. national security, wartime assessment, and third-party mediation. Professor Gartner teaches classes in international mediation, U.S. national security, and research design. Prior to joining Penn State, he directed the International Relations Program at the University of California Davis. He is also the senior advisor for Net Assessment of Violent Non-state Actors supporting a U.S. federal government agency.

Gartner's over fifty academic publications include books such as Strategic Assessment in War and The Historical Statistics of the United States, and articles in top journals in political science, sociology, international affairs, History, intelligence, and communications. His honors include the Jefferson award for the best government resource, the RUSA Outstanding Reference Award, Booklist Editor's Choice Award, Library Journal Best Reference Award, History News Network Book of the Month and the American Political Science Association's best policy thesis award. His op-ed columns have been published in The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday. He and his research have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Atlantic and on The History Network, MSNBC, NPR, and ABC. He is currently working on studies of 1) suicide in the military, 2) strategic assessment in insurgency, 3) international dispute mediation, 4) military casualties and politics and 5) chemical weapons.


“Fear of Rejection: The Puzzle of Unaccepted Mediation Offers in International Conflict.” Conflict Management and Peace Science. Forthcoming.

“Deceptive Results: Why Mediation Appears to Fail but Actually Succeeds.” The Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs. 2013.

“Signs of Trouble: Regional Organization Mediation and Civil War Agreement Durability.” The Journal of Politics. 2011.

International Conflict Mediation: New Approaches and Findings. Routledge Press. 2009.
 “Understanding the Camp David Accords and Muslim Brotherhood's Threat.” The McClatchy News Service. 2012.

National Security Policy

“Flip-flops and High Heels: An Experimental Analysis of Elite Position Change and Gender on Wartime Public Support.” International Interactions. Forthcoming.

“On Behalf of a Grateful Nation: Conventionalized Images of Loss and Individual Public Opinion Change in War.” International Studies Quarterly. 2011.

Strategic Assessment in War. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1999.

“Sequester offers an Opportunity to Realign National Security.” McClatchy News Service. 2013
“Mitt Romney's flip-flopping didn't hurt him.” The Christian Science Monitor. 2012.

Terrorism and Intelligence

“All Mistakes Are Not Equal: Intelligence Errors & National Security.” Intelligence and National Security. 2013.

“Beyond Victory and Defeat: Rethinking Outcome, Assessment, and Strategy in Afghanistan.” In Afghanistan Endgames. Georgetown University Press. 2012.
“Point the Blame at Oil for the World's Flash Points.” Sacramento Bee. 2011.
“Big Data Could Uncover Clue on Marathon.” USA Today. 2013.

War and Politics

“Iraq and Afghanistan through the Lens of American Military Casualties.” Small Wars Journal. 2013.
“The Multiple Effects of Casualties on Public Support for War: An Experimental Approach.” The American Political Science Review. 2008.
“Ties to the Dead: Connections to Iraq War and 9/11 Casualties and Presidential Approval.” American Sociological Review. 2008.
Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition. NY: Cambridge University Press. 2006.
“Iraq, Afghanistan Consigned to Issues Back Burner.” Newsday. 2008.