Heather Elko

Heather Mckibben Portrait

Position Title
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies - IRE

580 Kerr Hall


I am an Associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California - Davis.  I arrived in Davis after receiving my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and holding a postdoc position in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. In my research, I am interested in understanding when, why and how different countries negotiate with each other. When and why will countries come to the negotiating table to resolve problems instead of resorting to more coercive measures? What types of strategies do they use in those negotiations, and why do those strategies differ from country to country and negotiation to negotiation? When and why will countries be able to reach cooperative agreements, and what are the resulting agreements likely to look like? Examining international negotiations in a wide variety of settings, I seek to answer these types of questions.  Here is a copy of my curriculum vitae.