Timothy Sisk

Timothy D. Sisk

Professor; Co-Director, PhD Program

What I do

Professor of International and Comparative Politics

Professional Biography

Timothy D. Sisk is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Director of the Institute for comparative and Regional Studies at the School. At the University of Denver, he also chairs the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

His research, teaching and policy-oriented work focuses on democratization and electoral processes in fragile and post-war contexts. Professor Sisk also researches the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.

Prior to joining the University of Denver in 1998, Sisk was a Program Officer and Research Scholar in the Grant Program of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington. Sisk earned a Ph.D. “with distinction” in political science from The George Washington University, in 1992, and an MA in International Journalism (1984) and a BA in Foreign Service and German (1982) from Baylor University.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, The George Washington University, 1992
  • MA, International Journalism, Baylor University, 1984
  • BA, Foreign Service and German, Baylor University, 1982

Licensure / Accreditations

  • CITI IRB Chair

Professional Affiliations

  • International Studies Association
  • Academic Council on the United Nations System

Media Sources


Research specialization include democracy and governance with specialization in electoral processes, conflict dynamics, and political inclusion with specialization in, international organizations support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Featured Publications

  • Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence in Conflicts
  • "Democracy and Resilience: Conceptual Approaches and Considerations"
  • Peacebuilding in Deeply Divided Societies: Toward Social Cohesion
  • Democratisation in the 21st Century: Reviving Transitology
  • "Democracy's Resilience in a Turbulent World"


  • Senior Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright IIE/Norwegian Nobel Institute