UMass Boston

Joseph Brown

Political Science
Grad Prog Dir/Assoc Professor
Wheatley Hall Floor 05

Areas of Expertise

International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Non-State Actors, Signaling, Research Methods


PhD, Columbia University, 2015
MA, Columbia University, 2009
MA, Brandeis University, 2008
BA, Wesleyan University, 2003

Additional Information

Fall 2022 Office Hours: No Office Hours 

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Joseph Brown researches international and civil conflict, including rebellion, terrorism, and state repression. He also studies signaling and cooperation among conflict actors

Professor Brown completed his PhD at Columbia University. His book project, Force of Words, explores the strategic use of threats by terrorist and insurgent groups. Professor Brown has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka, Peru, Spain, and Northern Ireland, interviewing members of the Irish Republican Army, ETA, the Tamil Tigers, Shining Path, and Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. His recent publications include:

"Efficient, Adaptable Simulations: A Case Study of A Climate Negotiation Game." Journal of Political Science Education. (Online first, February 2018.)

"Notes to the Underground: Credit Claiming and Organizing in the Earth Liberation Front." Terrorism and Political Violence. (Online first, September 2017.)

“Picking Treaties, Picking Winners: International Treaty Negotiations and the Strategic Mobilization of Domestic Interests.” Co-authored with Johannes Urpelainen. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 59:6 (September 2015): 1043-1073.