Kyle Beardsley

Kyle Beardsley

Associate Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Dr, 204H Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
204H Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-4318
International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

Kyle Beardsley (Ph.D., UCSD, 2006) is Associate Professor of Political Science. He is co-director of the International Crisis Behavior data project. His research interests include the political consequences and causes of third-party involvement in peace processes, the nature of intrastate rebellion, the implications of gender power imbalances within and through post-conflict security forces, and the effects of nuclear-weapons proliferation on crisis behavior. His first book, The Mediation Dilemma, explores how third-party conflict management frequently does well in securing short-term peace but also can contribute to greater instability in the long run, especially when the third parties rely on leverage. His second book (co-authored with Sabrina Karim), Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping, examines the consequences of and potential solutions to gender power imbalances in peace operations.


  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego 2006

Karim, S, and Beardsley, K. Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States. Oxford University Press, February 1, 2017.

Beardsley, K. The Mediation Dilemma. Cornell University Press, 2011.

Karim, S, and Beardsley, K. "Ladies last: Peacekeeping and gendered protection." Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325. April 24, 2015. 62-95.

Beardsley, KC, and Danneman, N. "Mediation in International Conflicts." Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. Ed. RA Scott and SM Kosslyn. Wiley, 2015. (Chapter)

Beardsley, K, and Asal, V. "Nuclear-Weapons Programs and the Security Dilemma." The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security. Ed. M Fuhrmann and A Stulberg. Stanford University Press, 2013.

Gleditsch, KS, and Beardsley, K. "Issues in Data Collection." The International Studies Encyclopedia. Ed. RA Denemark. Blackwell, 2010. 4705-4725.

Karim, S, and Beardsley, K. "Women in Peacemaking/Peacekeeping." Oxford Bibliographies International relations. Ed. P James. (Chapter)

Karim, S, Gilligan, MJ, Blair, R, and Beardsley, K. "International gender balancing reforms in postconflict countries: Lab-in-the-field evidence from the Liberian national police." International Studies Quarterly 62.3 (September 1, 2018): 618-631. Full Text

White, PB, Cunningham, DE, and Beardsley, K. "Where, when, and how does the UN work to prevent civil war in self-determination disputes?." Journal of Peace Research 55.3 (May 2018): 380-394. Full Text

Beardsley, K, Cunningham, DE, and White, PB. "Mediation, Peacekeeping, and the Severity of Civil War(Accepted)." Journal of Conflict Resolution (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Beardsley, K, Cunningham, DE, and White, PB. "Resolving Civil Wars before They Start: The un Security Council and Conflict Prevention in Self-Determination Disputes." British Journal of Political Science 47.3 (July 1, 2017): 675-697. (Review) Full Text

Beardsley, K, Gleditsch, KS, and Lo, N. "Roving Bandits? The Geographical Evolution of African Armed Conflicts." International Studies Quarterly 59.3 (January 1, 2015): 503-516. Full Text

Beardsley, K, and Gleditsch, KS. "Peacekeeping as conflict containment." International Studies Review 17.1 (January 1, 2015): 67-89. Full Text

Beardsley, K, and Lo, N. "Third-Party Conflict Management and the Willingness to Make Concessions." Journal of Conflict Resolution 58.2 (January 1, 2014): 363-392. Full Text

Karim, S, and Beardsley, K. "Female Peacekeepers and Gender Balancing: Token Gestures or Informed Policymaking?." International Interactions 39.4 (September 9, 2013): 461-488. Full Text


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