Daniel Maliniak is a Professor at the College of William & Mary. He received his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Dan's 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 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, Politics and Gender, and other journals.