Daniel Lindley

NDISC Associate Director; Director, The Kevin and Cynthia O'Brien Undergraduate Program; Co-Director, International Security Studies Minor
Associate Professor of Political Science

Associate Professor of Political Science
2170 Jenkins and Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-3226


Research Interests

International relations, security studies, causes of war, US foreign policy, Aegean security/politics


Dan Lindley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and French from Tufts University in 1984. Before starting graduate school in the Security Studies Program at MIT (Ph.D. 1998), he worked in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Ratchford, the Center for Defense Information, the Federation of American Scientists, and the Brookings Institution.

Lindley's book, Promoting Peace with Information: Transparency as a Tool of Security Regimes, was published by Princeton University Press in 2007. He has published and spoken on U.N. peacekeeping, internal and ethnic conflict, the Concert of Europe, the Cyprus problem and Aegean security, and pre-emptive and preventive war, with articles in Contemporary Security Policy, International Studies Perspectives, Security Studies, International Peacekeeping, Defense and Security Analysis, Hellenic Studies, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

He is currently conducting research on the prevalence of pre-emptive and preventive war, on the extent to which miscalculation and misperception have come to dominate states' decisions for war, and whether the development of new weapons helps lead states into war. Lindley lectured at MIT and was a fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

In fall 1999, Lindley joined the Department of Political Science faculty at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also a fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies as well as co-director of the Notre Dame International Security Program. He recently served as the founding director of Notre Dame's Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, which helps undergraduates conduct research and apply for fellowships.

*Students in current classes will get zoom links for office hours, anyone else can email for a zoom invite.  I'll use the waiting room function for the Weds and Thurs hours.