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Brandon J Kinne


  • PhD, Political Science, Yale University, 2009
  • MPhil, Political Science, Yale University, 2006
  • MA, Political Science, Yale University, 2004
  • BA, Political Science and Philosophy, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2001


Brandon Kinne is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. His research explores international networks in the areas of militarized conflict, intergovernmental organization, and bilateral cooperation. He also conducts research in international security more broadly, primarily on issues of credible signaling and audience costs, and on the international relations of nondemocratic regimes. His published work has appeared in International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, and elsewhere. 

Research Focus

International relations; network analysis; conflict and security; defense cooperation.

Selected Publications

  • Kinne, B. J. (2018) Defense Cooperation Agreements and the Emergence of a Global Security Network, in International Organization 72(4).
  • Kinne, B. J. & Bunte, J. (2018) Guns or Money? Defense Cooperation and Bilateral Lending as Coevolving Networks, in British Journal of Political Science.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2016) Agreeing to arm: Bilateral weapons agreements and the global arms trade, in Journal of Peace Research 53(3): 359-377.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2014) Dependent diplomacy: Signaling, strategy, and prestige in the diplomatic network, in International Studies Quarterly 58(2): 247-259.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2014) Does third-party trade reduce conflict? Credible signaling versus opportunity costs, in Conflict Management and Peace Science 31(1): 28-48.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2013) Network dynamics and the evolution of international cooperation, in American Political Science Review 107(4): 766-785.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2013) IGO membership, network convergence, and credible signaling in militarized disputes, in Journal of Peace Research 50(6): 659-676.
  • Kinne, B. J., & Marinov, N. (2013) Electoral authoritarianism and credible signaling in international crises, in The Journal of Conflict Resolution 57(3): 359-386. 
  • Kinne, B. J. (2012) Multilateral trade and militarized conflict: Centrality, asymmetry, and openness in the global trade network, in The Journal of Politics 74(1): 308-322.


POL 003 – International Relations (undergraduate)

POL 122 – International Law (undergraduate)

POL 132 – National Security Policy (undergraduate)

POL 223 – International Relations (graduate)

POL 225 – International System (graduate)


2015-2018 Minerva Research Initiative, Office of Naval Research
2015-2017 Committee on Research Small Grant, UC Davis
2014 Academic Senate Travel Grant, UC Davis
2013, 2016 Journal of Peace Research Best Visualization Award