Roy Licklider
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Roy Licklider, Professor of Political Science, received his B.A. from Boston University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from Yale.  He taught at Tougaloo College before coming to Rutgers in l968.  He has taught courses on civil wars, international relations, foreign and military policy, terrorism, research design, international political economy, and the comparative politics of higher education.  His early research was concerned with nuclear strategy, comparative foreign policy, and the impact of economic sanctions on foreign policy, particularly the Arab oil embargo of 1973-74.  His recent research has focused on how people who have been killing one another in civil wars with considerable skill and enthusiasm can sometimes—but more often than you might think—form working political communities.  His newest book, published in 2014, is on merging competing militaries after civil wars, based on research supported by a Minerva grant from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.  His new project is how different collective memories of civil wars make them more or less likely to recur.  He is Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia and a member of the Security Sector Reform Workgroup of the Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden).  He has taught at Princeton, Yale, and Columbia and consulted for the Political Instability Task Force, the State Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Joint Staff, and the United Nations.  He has been President of the Comparative Foreign Policy Section of the International Studies Association, Program Officer at the Exxon Education Foundation, and a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Foreign Policy Research and the Columbia University Seminar on Reconciliation.  For nineteen years he was a member of Charles Tilly’s weekly faculty/student workshop, first at the New School for Social Research and then at Columbia.  He lives in New York City with his wife Patricia, professor emerita of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York; their daughter Virginia Still is Bequests Officer for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.    

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