Professor Daniel Maliniak received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the importance of electoral geography across many areas of political economy, with a focus on trade, foreign aid, and the environment. Specifically, he investigates on how the spatial dispersion of interests help or harm an interest group's ability to promote their ideal policy. He also has a number of projects which look at public perceptions of the use of force with respect to legitimacy and attribution of blame. He is a principal investigator on the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) program, which focuses on the intersections between the academy, policy, and teaching. His work has appeared in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, Evaluation Review, International Politics, International Journal, and Politics and Gender, as well as a number of book chapters and articles in Foreign Policy. His work has been supported by the Carnegie Corporation and the MacArthur Foundation.