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Prof. Timothy Sisk

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Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

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Timothy D. Sisk is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Director of the Program on Fragile States of the Sié Chéou Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the School. He specializes in civil wars and political violence, and conflict prevention, management, and peacebuilding in fragile and post-war contexts. He is also an Associate Fellow to the Regional Development Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland.

His research focuses on the nexus between democracy and governance and the management of conflict in deeply divided societies, especially those emerging from civil war.  He has conducted extensive research on the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. He is also the editor of the journal of the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations.

Sisk’s latest scholarly book is titled Statebuilding: Consolidating Peace after Civil War (Polity, 2013). He is the editor of the 2012 edited volume, Between Terror and Tolerance: Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (Georgetown University Press). Other recent books for which he is co-editor are: From War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding (with Anna Jarstad, Cambridge University Press 2008) and The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Postwar Peace Operations (with Roland Paris, Routledge 2009). Overall, he has authored or edited nine books and over 50 journal articles and chapters in books.

Prior to joining the University of Denver in 1998, Sisk was a Program Officer and Research Scholar in the Grant Program of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington and, prior to that, a professional staff member for United States Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas. Sisk earned a Ph.D. “with distinction” in political science (comparative politics, research methods) from The George Washington University, in 1992, and an MA in International Journalism (1984) and a BA in Foreign Service and German (1982) from Baylor University.