Gary Goertz

Gary Goertz

Emeritus Faculty

Fields of Study: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Methodology

Research and Teaching Interests: International Peace and Conflict, International Institutions, Methodology


Gary Goertz is professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author or co-author of nine books and over 50 articles and chapters on issues of international conflict and peace, institutions, and methodology. A major focus is research on international conflict, conflict management, and peace. His publications in this area include Contexts of International Politics, Explaining War and Peace (2007) and with Paul Diehl Territorial Changes and International Conflict (1992) and War and Peace in International Rivalry (2000). A major focus of current research is the Causes of Peace project, which explores the rise of peace in the international system. One central area of activity is the theory of international institutions and norms which was an important part of his book Contexts of International Politics (1994 Cambridge), then expanded and developed in the book International Norms and Decisionmaking: A Punctuated Equilibrium Model (Rowman and Littlefield 2004).  He is also currently working on a book on the evolution of regional economic institutions and their involvement in conflict management.  Methodology is also a major research emphasis. His methodological works include "Social Science Concepts: A User's Guide" (2006 Princeton University Press) and "Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Methodology" (2008 Cambridge University Press) and "A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences" (2012 Princeton University Press).