Elizabeth Kier

Associate Professor


Political Science; war, political violence and the state, international security, civil-military relations.

Elizabeth Kier (Ph.D., Cornell University) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She specializes in International Relations with an emphasis on international security and civil-military relations. Her book, Imagining War: French and British Military Doctrine Between the Wars (Princeton University Press, 1997), won the 1998 Edgar S. Furniss Award for exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. She has published articles on social movements, military doctrine, and setting precedents in international politics in International Security and Comparative Politics. She was formerly assistant professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley and a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. She was also a fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard; and a Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-MacArthur Fellow in Peace and International Security. She has received fellowships from the UC Regents, the MacArthur Foundation, SSRC-Western Europe, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Council for European Studies. Her current research focuses on the domestic consequences of war and, in particular, examines how economic mobilization for war affects both the potential for post-war reform and the outcomes of war.

Kier teaches courses in international relations, national security, civil-military relations, and American and European foreign policy.


  • Cornell University, Ph.D., 1992