Paul Hensel

Professor of Political Science
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Wooten Hall 165
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Paul Hensel is Associate Professor of Political Science. He is co-Director of the Issue Correlates of War (ICOW) research project, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation and is collecting data on territorial, maritime, and river disagreements between countries over the past two centuries. Dr. Hensel’s research interests include international conflict and conflict management, particularly with respect to territorial claims or cross-border rivers. Several of his current research projects are investigating the impact of colonial rule on the stability of borders after independence, the impact of settling territorial claims on political and economic relations between the claimants, and the conditions under which countries are more likely to negotiate than fight over shared river waters. His work has been published in more than twenty book chapters and journal articles, including journals in both Political Science and Geography.  He received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1996.