Timothy Sisk

Timothy D. Sisk

Professor; Co-Director, PhD Program

What I do

Professor of International and Comparative Politics

Professional Biography

Timothy D. Sisk is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and a steering faculty member of the Sié Chéou Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the School. At the University of Denver, he also chairs the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

His research, teaching and policy-oriented work focuses on democratization and electoral processes in fragile and post-war contexts. Professor Sisk also researches the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.

Prior to joining the University of Denver in 1998, Sisk was a Program Officer and Research Scholar in the Grant Program of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington. Sisk earned a Ph.D. “with distinction” in political science from The George Washington University, in 1992, and an MA in International Journalism (1984) and a BA in Foreign Service and German (1982) from Baylor University.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, The George Washington University, 1992
  • MA, International Journalism, Baylor University, 1984
  • BA, Foreign Service and German, Baylor University, 1982

Professional Affiliations

  • International Studies Association
  • Academic Council on the United Nations System

Media Sources


Research specialization include democracy and governance with specialization in electoral processes, conflict dynamics, and political inclusion with specialization in, international organizations support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Featured Publications

Avant, Deborah, Marie Elizabeth Berry, Erica Chenoweth, Rachel Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, and Timothy D. Sisk. “Civil Action And The Dynamics Of Violence In Conflicts.” In Civil Action And The Dynamics Of Violence In Conflicts. 2019.
Sisk, Timothy D. "Democracy And Resilience: Conceptual Approaches And Considerations" in The Global State Of Democracy 2017. International IDEA. 2017.
Peacebuilding In Deeply Divided Societies: Toward Social Cohesion. Edited by Timothy D. Sisk. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. 2017.
Democratisation In The 21St Century: Reviving Transitology. Edited by Timothy D. Sisk. London, UK: Routledge. 2016.
Sisk, Timothy D. “"Democracy's Resilience In A Turbulent World".” In The Global State Of Democracy 2017. Stockholm, Sweden: International IDEA. 2017.


  • Senior Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright IIE/Norwegian Nobel Institute