Alexandre Debs

Social Sciences (Political Science)

Visiting Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University


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Alexandre Debs is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research and teaching focuses on the causes of war, nuclear proliferation, and applied game theory. He received a PhD in Economics from M.I.T., an MPhil in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and a BSc in Economics and Mathematics from Universite de Montreal. His first language is French. He loves to travel, hike, and is a big fan of the Montreal Canadiens. He is visiting Singapore for the first time and looks forward to teaching at Yale-NUS College.

Causes of war, nuclear proliferation, game theory, democratisation.


Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Proliferation (with Nuno P. Monteiro), Cambridge Studies in International Relations, vol. 142 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Peer-reviewed articles

“An Economic Theory of War” (with Nuno P. Monteiro), Journal of Politics, Vol. 82, No. 1, (2020), pp. 255-268.

“General Nuclear Compellence: The State, Allies, and Adversaries” (with Nicholas D. Anderson and Nuno P. Monteiro), Strategic Studies Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2019), pp. 93-121.

“Conflict and Cooperation on Nuclear Nonproliferation” (with Nuno P. Monteiro), Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 20 (2017), pp. 331-349.

“Circumstances, Domestic Audiences, and Reputational Incentives in International Crisis Bargaining” (with Jessica C. Weiss), Journal of Conflict Resolution. Vol. 60, No. 3 (2016), pp. 403-433 (lead article).

“Living by the Sword and Dying by the Sword? Leadership Transitions In and Out of Dictatorships,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 1 (2016), pp. 73-84.

“The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Proliferation” (with Nuno P. Monteiro), International Security, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2014), pp. 7-51 (lead article).

“Known Unknowns: Power Shifts, Uncertainty, and War” (with Nuno P. Monteiro), International Organization, Vol. 68, No. 1 (2014), pp. 1-31 (lead article).

“Regime Type, the Fate of Leaders, and War” (with H.E. Goemans), American Political Science Review, Vol. 104, No. 3 (2010), pp. 430-445.

“Inequality under Democracy: Explaining the Left Decade in Latin America” (with Gretchen Helmke), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2010), pp. 209-241 (lead article).

“Economic Theories of Dictatorship,” The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2010), pp. 11-17.

“‘To be’ or ‘Ought to be’, the Questions of Empirical Content and Normative Bias in Léon Walras’s Methodology,” Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Vol. 26, No. 4 (2004), pp. 479-492.

YSS 2237: Nuclear Politics
YSS 2238: Game Theory and International Relations