Scott Sigmund Gartner

Director, Penn State School of International Affairs

Dr. Scott Sigmund Gartner is Director of the Penn State School of International Affairs. He is a Professor of International Affairs and holds Affiliate Professorships in both the Department of Political Science and the School of Law. A scholar of peacemaking, politics, gender, identity and conflict, Professor Gartner’s research focuses on dispute mediation, national security, identity formation, gender and policy assessment. Professor Gartner teaches classes in conflict management, international affairs, national security, foreign policy and research design. Prior to joining Penn State, he directed the International Relations Program at the University of California Davis, where he was a Professor of Political Science. Professor Gartner's over fifty academic publications includes books such as Strategic Assessment in War, International Conflict Mediation: New Approaches and Findings and The Historical Statistics of the United States, in addition to articles in top journals in political science, sociology, international affairs, history, military intelligence, public policy, international negotiations, and communications. His honors include the Jefferson award for the best government resource, the RUSA Outstanding Reference Award, Booklist Editor's Choice Award, Library Journal Best Reference Award, History News Network Book of the Month and the American Political Science Association's best policy thesis award. Gartner’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Sloan foundation, and the University of California, Humanities Institute. The influence of his scholarship ranges from national security and counter-terrorism policies to the outcome of both the United States v. Windsor case (challenging DOMA) and the Hollingsworth v. Perry case (challenging Prop 8). Gartner’s op-ed columns have been published in The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and many other outlets. Professor Gartner and his research have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Atlantic and on The History Network, MSNBC, NPR, and ABC.