Gary Goertz is a professor of political science and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also a Kellogg Institute for International Studies faculty fellow. He has published 10 books and more than 50 articles and chapters on international conflict, conflict management, and peace, international and regional institutions, and methodology.
Goertz’s current work includes the Causes of Peace project, which explores the rise of peace in the international system. The first volume of this project appeared as The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System (Oxford University Press, 2016).
His most recent book, Multimethod Research, Causal Mechanisms, and Case Studies: The Research Triad (Princeton University Press, 2017), provides a fully integrated approach to multimethod and case-study research. He is currently working on a major expansion and revision of his book, Social Science Concepts: A User's Guide, which will be published by Princeton University Press.
Goertz received his PhD from the University of Michigan.
International peace and conflict, comparative politics, methodology, international institutions, militarized rivalry, research design
The evolution of regional economic institutions and their involvement in conflict management; theory of international relations and norms, as part of Causes of Peace project, which explores the rise of peace in the international system; democratization theory research cluster
- J. David Singer Book Award (2017) for The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System (coauthored, Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award Book Finalist for The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System (coauthored, Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Giovanni Sartori Book Award, Honorable Mention (2008), for Explaining War and Peace: Case Studies and Necessary Condition Counterfactuals (coedited, Routledge, 2007)
- Giovanni Sartori Book Award (2007) for Social Science Concepts: A User’s Guide (Princeton University Press, 2006)