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Dr. Daniel Lake


Chair
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 is currently completing The Pursuit of Technological Superiority and the Shrinking American Military, for publication by Palgrave-MacMillan. 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 norms and rules affect the decision to go to war, and how technological change drives and responds to changes in the security environment.

Since 2008, Dr. Lake has served as the faculty advisor to the Omicron Omega chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. He is also the faculty advisor for the Iota Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and has served on a variety of committees, subcommittees, and task forces.

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

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/gunboat diplomacy
  • International capital flows
  • The causes of war
  • Military technology
  • Civil-military relations

Selected Publications

  • The Pursuit of Technological Superiority and the Shrinking American Military. Palgrave-Macmillan Press: New York. Forthcoming in 2019.
  • “Technology, Qualitative Superiority, and the Overstretched American Military”. Strategic Studies Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 4 (winter 2012), pp. 71–99.
  • “The Limits of Coercive Airpower: NATO’s ‘Victory’ in Kosovo Revisited.” International Security, Vol. 34, No. 1 (summer 2009), pp. 83–112.

Selected Presentations

  • “The Real ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’? Technological Change and the Decline of the Mass Military”, 2017 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Baltimore, Maryland, 22–25 Feb. 2017.
  • “The Norm Against Aggression and the Decline of Interstate War”, 2013 International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, 3–6 Apr. 2013.
  • “Making it Real: Using Contemporary Issues and the News to Increase Student Engagement in General Education Courses”, with Mary Anne Lake, 4th Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning held at SUNY Plattsburgh on April 14, 2012.
  • “Technology, Qualitative Superiority, and the Overstretched American Military”, 2012 International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 1–4 Apr. 2012.
  • “The Persistent Peacefulness of the Post-Cold War Era” 2012 International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 1–4 Apr. 2012.
  • “IR Theory and Conquest in the 21st Century”, 2011 International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, 17 Mar. 2011.

Selected Awards

  • “Teacher of the Month”, awarded by the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Teaching Excellence, November 2012

Selected Activities

  • Member, School of Arts and Sciences Courses and Program Committee, 2018–present
  • Member, Center for Teaching Excellence Task Force, 2010–2015
  • Member, Diversity Task Force, 2008–present
  • Member, Latin American Studies Group, 2007–present
  • Faculty Advisor, Delta Sigma Phi Iota Nu (Fraternal organization), 2017–present
  • Faculty Advisor, Pi Sigma Alpha Omicron Omega (National Political Science Honor Society), 2008–present
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