I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University. My research focuses on the use, success, and consequences of economic coercion.

I received my PhD from Michigan State University in 2003 with major fields of study in International Relations and Quantitative Methods.

Before joining Texas Tech University in 2007, I was a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway from 2003-2004, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans from 2004 to 2007. From July 2017 through July of 2018, I served as a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow and Analyst in the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service.

From December of 2013 to July of 2014 I was a visiting professor at Vilnius University, in Lithuania, as part of the Fulbright Scholars Program. While on my Fulbright, I taught classes at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science, and conducted research on uses of economic coercion by Russia and the former Soviet Union.

In 2018, I was acknowledged by Texas Tech University for providing internationally recognized excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity.

My research has appeared in a range of journals including the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and International Area Studies Review. You can visit my google scholar page to see more about my research.

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations and quantitative research methods.

Contact Information

David Lektzian
Department of Political Science
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409