My name is Jake Kathman, and I am an associate professor in the Political Science Department at SUNY Buffalo. I earned my B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1999 and my Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. On this site you will find information on my research and teaching interests in comparative politics and international relations. My research focuses primarily on phenomena associated with civil war including explanations of third party intervention, conflict contagion, civilian victimization, and United Nations peacekeeping. Additionally, I am interested in work on state reputation and its role in affecting interstate relations.