Peter Liberman is a Professor of Political Science at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; he is also an Affiliate at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  Liberman currently serves as an Associate Editor of International Security and of the Among Nations anthology texts (Foreign Affairs/Pearson).  His research interests include political psychology, foreign policy opinion, military occupation, the causes of war, and nuclear proliferation.

Liberman received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Does Conquest Pay? The Exploitation of Occupied Industrial Societies (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996).

Principal Articles

“Punitiveness and U.S. Elite Support for the 1991 Persian Gulf War,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 51, no. 1 (2007): 3.
“An Eye for an Eye: Public Support for War against Evildoers,” International Organization 60, no. 3 (2006): 687.
“Israel and the South African Bomb,” The Nonproliferation Review 11, no. 2 (2004): 46.
“The Rise and Fall of the South African Bomb,” International Security 26, no. 2 (2001): 45.