Timothy Sisk

Timothy D. Sisk


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. His research, teaching and policy-oriented work focuses on armed conflict and political violence together with understanding and evaluation of processes of conflict prevention, management, and peacebuilding in fragile and post-war contexts. Professor Sisk has conducted extensive research on the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. At the University of Denver, he also chairs the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

Sisk’s latest book is co-edited with Fletcher Cox, Peacemaking in Deeply Divided Societies: Toward Social Cohesion? (Palgrave, 2017). He is also author of Statebuilding: Consolidating Peace after Civil War (Polity, 2013). Other recent books for which he is co-editor are: Democratization in the 21st Century: Reviving Transitology, (with Mahmoud Ould-Mohammedou, Routledge, forthcoming), The Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding (with David Chandler, 2013), Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (Georgetown University Press, 2011), From War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding (with Anna Jarstad, Cambridge University Press 2008) and The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Postwar Peace Operations (with Roland Paris, Routledge 2009).

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 includes elections and electoral processes, conflict processes and settlement patterns, international organizations: peacebuilding and prevention, and sport for peace and development.

Featured Publications

Sisk, T. D. (2017). "Democracy and Resilience: Conceptual Approaches and Considerations". The Global State of Democracy 2017. Stockholm, Sweden: International IDEA.
Sisk, T. D. (Ed.). (2017). Peacebuilding in Deeply Divided Societies: Toward Social Cohesion. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
Sisk, T. D. (Ed.). (2016). Democratisation in the 21st Century: Reviving Transitology. London, UK: Routledge.
Sisk, T. D. (1970). Strethening International Cooperation: From Necessity to Urgency in Responding to Intrastate Conflict. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organization.


  • Senior Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright IIE/Norwegian Nobel Institute