William Spaniel

  • Associate Professor

William Spaniel's research focuses on interstate conflict, nuclear weapons, and terrorism. He uses game theoretical models to develop new insights on these phenomenon. William received a PhD in political science from the University of Rochester in 2015. Before arriving at the University of Pittsburgh, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation.


Courses Taught

PS 0500 Introduction to World Politics
PS 1514 Political Strategy in International Relations
PS 1581 Origins and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation Capstone
PS 2704: Formal Political Theory II

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Rochester, 2015

Representative Publications

Joseph, Michael F, Michael Poznansky, and William Spaniel. "Shooting the Messenger: The Challenge of National Security Whistleblowing" Journal of Politics.

Spaniel, William. Bargaining over the Bomb: The Successes and Failures of Nuclear Negotiations. Cambridge University Press.

Spaniel, William and Iris Malone. "The Uncertainty Trade-off: Reexamining Opportunity Costs and War." International Studies Quarterly.

Spaniel, William and Michael Poznansky. "Credible Commitment in Covert Affairs." American Journal of Political Science.

Spaniel, William. "Only Here to Help? Bargaining and the Perverse Incentives of International Institutions." International Studies Quarterly.

Spaniel, William and Bradley C Smith. "Sanctions, Uncertainty, and Leader Tenure." International Studies Quarterly.

Spaniel, William. "Terrorism, Signaling, and Delegation." Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

Spaniel, William. "Rational Overreaction to Terrorism." Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Research Interests

Crisis Bargaining
Nuclear Proliferation
International Institutions
Game Theory


Area of Study