Political Science Faculty


Dr. Daniel Lake

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Lake earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, where he specialized in international relations and comparative politics with a focus on international security. He teaches the introductory course in world politics as well as more advanced courses in international security, international political economy, ethnic politics, and Latin American politics.

Dr. Lake is currently writing a book on the U.S. military’s efforts to maintain technological superiority over possible opponents and the implications this has for American national security. He has previously done research on the dynamics of coercion, both military threats and economic sanctions, and he has published an article on coercive bombing. He is also studying how customs and laws about war have changed over the last century, and will be writing about the ban on international “aggression” after completing his current book.



  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Teaching Areas

  • International relations
  • International conflict and security
  • Terrorism
  • Nuclear weapons
  • International political economy
  • Latin American politics
  • Ethnic politics

Research Areas

  • Economic sanctions
  • Militarized coercion
  • International capital flows
  • The causes of war
  • Military technology

Recent Activities and Honors

  • 2014 — Currently working on Overstretching the American Military: The Threat of Weakness and the Search for Technological Superiority for Palgrave-Macmillan, expected publication in early 2015.
  • 2012 — Published “Technology, Qualitative Superiority, and the Overstretched American Military” in Strategic Studies Quarterly 6:4 (Winter 2012)
  • 2012 — Named “Teacher of the Month” for November 2012 by the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • 2012 — Published a review of Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions After the Cold War by Sarah Kreps in Political Science Quarterly 127:2 (Summer 2012)
  • 2009 — Published “The Limits of Coercive Airpower: Kosovo Revisited” in International Security 34:1 (Summer 2009)
  • 2009 — Published “The Evolution of Restraint: The Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons”, a review of T.V. Paul’s The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons, in International Studies Review 11:4 (December 2009)

Contact Daniel Lake

Office: 149E Hawkins Hall
Phone: (518) 564-5830
Email: dlake001@plattsburgh.edu