Michaela Mattes is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of international relations. She specializes in security institutions, in particular conflict management agreements and military alliances. Mattes’ work is motivated by questions such as whether these agreements can constrain the behavior of international and domestic actors, through which mechanisms they work and under which conditions, and why they are designed the way they are. She has published articles in American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and Conflict Management and Peace Science. As a Co-PI on an NSF grant, she is also currently involved in a large data collection effort on changes in leaders’ supporting coalitions.