Research and Teaching Interests
Hello! My name is Cody J. Schmidt and I am a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa specializing in International Relations and Political Methodology. My research and teaching interests include international conflict and cooperation, issue claims (territory, maritime, river), security cooperation (alliances, troop deployments, arms transfers), and political methodology (social network analysis, time series analysis, latent measurement models).
My dissertation examines how latent interstate structures and reputations influence territorial claims. I theorize that some actors utilize their position in the global network of security relations to establish latent authoritative bonds, where one actor (subordinate) cedes foreign policy discretion to another (dominant). Using new data on security cooperation, I demonstrate that these relations influence territorial claims by 1) constraining the aggression of subordinates 2) deterring violence from would-be challengers, and 3) limiting the incentives for territorial expansion by dominant actors. However, I also find that these effects depend upon the expected behavior (reputation) of the dominant actor. Dominant actors can enhance the norm against territorial conquest by 1) refraining from territorial aggression and 2) punishing actors who violate the norm.
I have also worked on the Issue Correlates of War Project, specifically on the maritime and identity claim datasets.
You can check out my CV here and my research and teaching in the links above.