Bruce Cronin


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Civilian Casualties of War
  • Humanitarian Intervention Issues


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Bruce Cronin

Bruce Cronin


Professor Cronin received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cronin's specialties are in the fields of international law, international organizations, and human rights.


Ph.D. Columbia University, 1994

Courses Taught


B6928: Human Rights in World Politics
B6100: Theories of International Relations


PSC 22300: U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 25300: International Law
PSC 25400: International Organizations




Bugsplat: The Politics of Collateral Damage in Western Armed Conflicts (Oxford University Press, 2018)


The UN Security Council and the Politics of International Authority (Routledge, 2007), co-edited with Ian Hurd


Institutions for the Common Good: International Protection Regimes in International Society (Cambridge University Press, 2003)


Community Under Anarchy (Columbia University Press, 1999)



Recent Articles


“Weighing Different Perspectives to Explain Civilian Casualties in Armed Conflict,” Journal of Genocide Research, v. 21, issue 2, 2019


"Reckless Endangerment Warfare: Civilian Casualties and the Collateral Damage Exemption in International Humanitarian Law," Journal of Peace Research 50 (2) (March 2013).


"Piracy and the Governance of the Nation-State System," in Michael Streutt, Jon D. Carlson, and Mark Nance. Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance (London: Routledge, 2012).


"Be Careful What You Wish For: War Aims and the Construction of Post-War Political Orders," Journal of Peace Research 47(4) (July 2010)


"Reclaiming the Rule of Law in the 'War on Terrorism': The Role of the United Nations Security Council," in Human Rights in the Age of Terror (State College, PA: Penn State University Press).


"Security Regimes, Collective Security, and Security Communities," The International Studies Encyclopedia: International Studies Association Compendium Project (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2009).


"New Trends in Treaty Law," The International Studies Encyclopedia: International Studies Association Compendium Project (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2009)


"Sovereignty and the Prevention of Genocide," Human Rights Review 8 (4) (2007).