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Brenton Kenkel

Assistant Professor

Brenton Kenkel is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.  His main area of research is international relations, with a focus on the causes and consequences of interstate conflict.  His main research project concerns the interplay of resource extraction and internal conflict in territory that is governed by outside forces, such as in colonial endeavors and military occupations.  He is particularly interested in unpacking the logic of "divide and rule" to determine when, if ever, internal unrest allows an outside force to extract more economic output from a piece of territory.  He is also working on a set of papers about how diplomatic communication can (and cannot) affect the outbreak of war.  Additionally, he has carried out methodological research on missing data and the estimation of game-theoretic models, and he is the author of multiple open-source software packages.

Representative publications

  • Robert J. Carroll and Brenton Kenkel, “Prediction, Proxies, and Power,” conditionally accepted at American Journal of Political Science.
  •   Kevin A. Clarke, Brenton Kenkel, and Miguel R. Rueda, “Omitted Variables, Countervailing Effects, and the Possibility of Overadjustment,” forthcoming at Political Science Research and Methods.
  • Mark Fey, Jinhee Jo, and Brenton Kenkel, “Information and International Institutions Revisited,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 59, no. 1 (2015).
  • Brenton Kenkel and Curtis S. Signorino, “Estimating Extensive Form Games in R,” Journal of Statistical Software 56, no. 8 (2014).
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