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Michael A. Allen

Michael Allen, Political Science, studio portrait
Assistant Professor,
Graduate Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Political Science Program
Environmental Research Building 5125
(208) 426-2518

Office Hours

Spring 2017
Tuesday 12:30-2:30pm


  • POLS 506: World Politics
  • POLS 531: Contemporary Issues in World Politcs


Professor Michael Allen is an international relations scholar that focuses his researching and teaching on areas of conflict (both between states and states and non-state actors), power disparity, and methodology. Allen earned his Ph.D. from Binghamton University and his B.A. from the University of Puget Sound.

Curriculum Vitae

Download Dr. Allen’s Curriculum Vitae [.pdf]


Dr. Michael Allen’s has published his research in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Conflict Management and Peace Science. His research focuses on questions regarding the dynamics of power in how they foster behavior between states both in conflict and cooperation. Specifically, it touches on issues on why and how weak actors states resist the demands of the most powerful states in the international system, how military basing and alliance formation affects the behavior of weaker states, and why and when non-state actors adopt different types of strategies against states (such as guerrilla warfare or terrorism).