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Portrait of Daniel Lake

Dr. Daniel Lake

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Lake joined the SUNY Plattsburgh department of Political Science in 2007, after visiting lecturer positions at Wayne State University, Sweet Briar College, and Denison University. Dr. Lake earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied international relations and comparative politics with a specialization on international conflict and security. He teaches a variety of course in international relations and comparative politics.

Dr. Lake wrote The Pursuit of Technological Superiority and the Shrinking American Military, published by Palgrave-MacMillan in 2019. This book analyzes the U.S. military’s efforts to gain and maintain technological superiority and shows how these are having the paradoxical effect of making the U.S. military more fragile even as it becomes more capable. His other research interests include coercion, particularly “gunboat diplomacy” and other forms of military coercion, how international norms and rules affect whether governments decide to go to war, and the impact of technological change on military organizations.


  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego
    • M.A. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego
    • B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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