Professor Daniel Maliniak received his BA from William & Mary in Government (with highest honors) and Economics, and his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He teaches courses in international relations, focusing on international political economy and the environment. His dissertation focused on the importance of electoral geography across many areas of political economy, with a focus on trade, foreign aid, and the environment. Specifically, he focuses on how the spatial dispersion of interests help or harm an interest group's ability to promote their ideal policy. He also has a number of projects which look at public perceptions of the use of force with respect to legitimacy and attribution of blame, as well as work that focuses on the Republic of Georgia. He is a principal investigator on the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) program, which focuses on the intersections between the academy, policy, and teaching. His work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, Evaluation Review, International Politics, International Journal, and Politics and Gender, as well as a number of book chapters and articles in Foreign Policy online and in print, and in other prominent blogs. His work has been supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the MacArthur Foundation.