Pat McDonald

Associate Professor of Government

Professor McDonald is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor McDonald teaches courses on international relations theory, international political economy, and international security. His current research focuses on integrating the tools of historical analysis and game theory to rethink systemic theories of international politics. His book, The Invisible Hand of Peace: Capitalism, the War Machine, and International Relations Theory, was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2009. The book was awarded the 2010 Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Prize by the International History and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association and the 2010 Joseph S. Lepgold Prize for best book published on International Relations in 2009. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly, and World Politics. Prior to arriving at UT, Professor McDonald was a postdoctoral fellow at the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor McDonald earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1996, his M.A. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2002.