Michael Poznansky

Assistant Professor
3936 Posvar Hall
Faculty website


PhD, 2016, University of Virginia
MA, 2013, University of Virginia
BA, 2011, University of Delaware

Biography Information

Michael Poznansky is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Intelligence Studies at GSPIA. His current research explores the role that secrecy and deception play in world politics. Prior to joining GSPIA, Professor Poznansky was a research fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware and his MA and PhD in Politics from the University of Virginia.

Teaching and Research Areas

International relations, security studies, intelligence studies, American foreign policy

Peer Reviewed Publications

William Spaniel and Michael Poznansky (Forthcoming). “Credible Commitment in Covert Affairs.” American Journal of Political Science.

Michael Poznansky and Evan Perkoski (Forthcoming).“Rethinking Secrecy in Cyberspace: The Politics of Voluntary Attribution.” Journal of Global Security Studies.

Joseph, Michael F. and Michael Poznansky (2017). "Media Technology, Covert Action, and the Politics of Exposure." Journal of Peace Research.

Poznansky, Michael and Matt K. Scroggs (2016). "Ballots and Blackmail: Coercive Bargaining and the Democratic Peace." International Studies Quarterly. 60(4): 731-741.

Poznansky, Michael (2015). "Stasis or Decay? Reconciling Covert War and the Democratic Peace." International Studies Quarterly. 59(4): 815–826. 

Owen, John M. and Michael Poznansky (2014). "When Does America Drop Dictators?" European Journal of International Relations. 20(4): 1072–1099.

Other Publications

Carson, Austin and Michael Poznansky (2017).
"Trump and Covert Operations in Syria: A Not-so-artful Deal?" War on the Rocks. 

Perkoski, Evan and Michael Poznansky (2016). "The Lawfare Podcast: Deterring Russian Cyber Intrusions." The Lawfare Podcast. [https://lawfareblog.com/lawfare-podcast-deterring-russian-cyber-intrusions]

Perkoski, Evan and Michael Poznansky (2016). "An Eye for an Eye: Deterring Russian Cyber Intrusions." War on the Rocks. 

Poznansky, Michael and Keith L. Carter (2016). "NATO Members are Supposed to be Democratic. What Happens When Turkey Isn't?" Washington Post.

Poznansky, Michael (2016). "The Ordinary and the Unique in Russia's Electoral Information Warfare Game." War on the Rocks. 

Carson, Austin and Michael Poznansky (2016). “The Logic for (Shoddy) U.S. Covert Action in Syria.” War on the Rocks. 

Neuman, Craig and Michael Poznansky (2016). “Swaggering in Cyberspace: Busting the Conventional Wisdom on Cyber Coercion.” War on the Rocks. 

Poznansky, Michael and Evan Perkoski (2016). “Attribution and Secrecy in Cyberspace.” War on the Rocks. 

Poznansky, Michael (2015). "Critical Stasis: A Reply to Barkawi." ISQ Online Symposia. 


Covert Action in World Politics (PIA 2308)
Global Governance (PIA 2021)
Intelligence and Foreign Policy (PIA 2329)
Introduction to Quantitative Methods (PIA 2022)


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260