Brendan Cooley is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics at Princeton University and a graduate student fellow in the Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (QAPS). He studies the political economy of conflict, with applications to war, international trade, and violence in drug markets. His dissertation examines the effect of coercive bargaining and military power on trade policy outcomes. Before coming to Princeton, he worked at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, D.C. and studied political science and peace, war, & defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.