Political Science Faculty — Dr. Daniel Lake

Assistant Professor

Dr. Lake earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, where he specialized in International Relations and Comparative Politics with a focus on International Security. He teaches the introductory course in world politics as well as more advanced courses in international security, international political economy, ethnic politics, and Latin American politics.

Dr. Lake's research focuses on the use of coercion as a tool of international dispute resolution. Recently, he has also been studying the relationship between violent conflict escalation and the issues underlying the dispute.



  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Teaching Areas

  • International Relations
  • International Conflict and Security
  • Terrorism
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • International Political Economy
  • Latin American Politics
  • Ethnic Politics

Research Areas

  • Economic Sanctions
  • Militarized Coercion
  • International Capital Flows
  • The Causes of War

Recent Activities and Honors

  • 2013 - Currently working on Overstretching the American Military: The Threat of Weakness and the Search for Technological Superiority for Palgrave-Macmillan, expected publication in late 2014.
  • 2012 - Published "Technology, Qualitative Superiority, and the Overstretched American Military" in Strategic Studies Quarterly 6:4 (Winter 2012)
  • 2012 - Named "Teacher of the Month" for November 2012 by the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • 2012 - Published a review of Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions After the Cold War by Sarah Kreps in Political Science Quarterly 127:2 (Summer 2012)
  • 2009 - Published "The Limits of Coercive Airpower: Kosovo Revisited" in International Security 34:1 (Summer 2009)
  • 2009 - Published "The Evolution of Restraint: The Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons", a review of T.V. Paul's The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons, in International Studies Review 11:4 (December 2009)

Contact Daniel Lake

Office: 149E Hawkins Hall
Phone: (518) 564-5830
Email: dlake001@plattsburgh.edu