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Philip B. K. Potter

Philip B. K. Potter

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy and Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Phone: (734) 615-6905
Office: Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #3316
Ann Arbor, MI -
E-mail: pbkp@umich.edu

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Research and Teaching Interests:

  • National Security/International Diplomacy
  • Politics, Institutions & Processes: International

Educational Background:

Ph.D. in Political Science, UCLA

Recent Publications:

“Looking for Audience Costs in all the Wrong Places: Electoral Institutions, Media Access and Democratic Constraint” Journal of Politics, Forthcoming (with Matthew Baum).

“Electoral Margins and American Foreign Policy” International Studies Quarterly, Forthcoming.

“Allying to Kill: Terrorist Intergroup Cooperation and the Consequences for Lethality” Journal of Conflict Resolution, Forthcoming (with Michael Horowitz).

“Terrorism In China: Growing Threats with Global Implications” Strategic Studies Quarterly, Forthcoming.

“Trade and Volatility at the Core and Periphery of the Global Economy” International Studies Quarterly, (2012) vol. 56 no. 4, pp. 793-800 (with Julia Gray).

“Media, Audience Costs and the Democratic Peace” Political Communication, (2010), vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 453 (with Matthew Baum).

“The Relationship Between Mass Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis” Annual Review of Political Science (2008), vol. 11, pp. 39-65 (with Matthew Baum).

“Does Experience Matter? American Presidential Experience, Age, and International Conflict” Journal of Conflict Resolution (2007), vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 351-78.


Philip B. K. Potter is an assistant professor of public policy and political science at the University of Michigan. His ongoing research explores the influence of domestic politics on foreign policy and international relations. He also conducts research in the area of international terrorism and is a principal investigator for a Department of Defense Minerva Initiative project to map and analyze collaborative relationships between terrorist organizations. Professor Potter has recently published articles in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Political Communication,The Annual Review of Political Science, and The Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has been a fellow at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania and holds degrees from UCLA and McGill University.

Academic Appointments:

  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Department of Political Science