Paul Staniland is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Faculty Chair of the Committee on International Relations. His research focuses on political violence, international security, and state formation, primarily in South and Southeast Asia. Staniland teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on civil war and political violence, qualitative methods, and the international politics of South Asia.
Staniland’s book, Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse, was published by Cornell University Press in 2014. It linked pre-war political networks to the organization of wartime insurgents, and outlined pathways of change over time. Staniland’s current book project – tentatively entitled Armed Politics: Violence, Order, and the State in South Asia - uses a unique dataset of government-armed group “armed orders,” historical case studies, and fieldwork to explore why governments cooperate with, tolerate, or crack down on non-state armed groups. A full draft of the manuscript will be completed in 2019.
Staniland has also published journal articles on militias, side-switching in civil wars, democracy and foreign policy, indirect rule, civil-military relations, and the relationship between violence and democracy. Current work in progress, other than the current book project, examines the domestic politics of Indian foreign policy, political violence in Sri Lanka, leftist insurgency in democracies, and Pakistan’s military.