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Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee

Dr. Krista Wiegand is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Security program at the Center and oversees programing, workshops, speakers, and research projects with faculty fellows, a post-doctoral fellow, graduate student research fellows, and undergraduate student research assistants. She joined the UTK faculty in 2014 after nine years on the faculty at Georgia Southern University, and she received her PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2004. Dr. Wiegand also serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief with Dr. Brandon Prins of International Studies Quarterly, the flagship journal of the International Studies Association

Dr. Wiegand’s research covers territorial and maritime disputes, conflict resolution/management, war and militarized interstate disputes, terrorism and political violence, bargaining strategies, international mediation, arbitration, and adjudication of interstate and civil conflicts, and foreign policy strategies of states in East Asia.

She has published two books: Bombs and Bullets: Governance by Islamic Terrorist and Guerrilla Groups (Routledge, 2010) and Enduring Territorial Disputes: Strategies of Bargaining, Coercive Diplomacy, and Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2011), and is co-editor of the book Islands of Contention: The China-Japan Border Dispute in a Multidisciplinary Perspective (Routledge, 2015). She has a forthcoming book co-authored with Dr. Emilia Justyna Powell, Notre Dame University, The Peaceful Resolution of Territorial and Maritime Disputes (Oxford University Press, 2023).


  • –present
    Director, Global Security Program, Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee, University of Tennessee


  • 2004 
    Duke University, PhD/Political Science