Ryan Grauer

Associate Professor

Ryan Grauer is an Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. His research examines the sources and use of military power in the international arena. He is the author of Commanding Military Power (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and his work has been published in World Politics, the European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, and the Journal of Global Security Studies, among other outlets. At present, Grauer is working on projects examining the creation, organization, and operation of multinational coalitions in battle; the causes and consequences of soldier surrender in war; and the scope and intensity of uses of force by democracies. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from the University of Chicago.  He has previously been an Academic Visitor in Nuffield College at the University of Oxford.

Courses Taught

  • Choosing Nuclear Weapons
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Field Seminar in International Affairs
  • International History
  • Introduction to Security and Intelligence Studies

    Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Chicago, 2005
Recent Publications
  • Commanding Military Power: Organizing for Victory and Defeat on the Battlefield. (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016). 
  • "The Arsenal of Insurrection: Explaining Rising External Support for Rebels." Security Studies 27, no. 2 (2018): 263-295. 
  • "Uncertain Victory: Information Management and Military Power." Journal of Global Security Studies 2, no. 1 (2017): 18-38.
Research Interests
  • Military organizations
  • International security
  • Military history