Dr. Connor J. S. Sutton

Assistant Professor of International Relations and National Security

Dr. Connor Sutton received his B.A. in history and political science at Aquinas College before receiving his Ph.D. in political science at Wayne State University. Prior to coming to Anderson in Fall 2021, Dr. Sutton served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rhodes College.

His research focuses on the spatial correlates of interstate war outcomes and military effectiveness, especially the role of terrain. During his doctoral research, he developed the War Terrain and Geospatial Representation Dataset (WARTIGER) that provides measures of topographic and land cover heterogeneity for each interstate war between 1816 and 2003, published in the Journal of Conflict Management and Peace Science. His current work applies these data to questions relating to interstate war outcomes and military effectiveness.

Dr. Sutton teaches courses on international relations and national security, including Intro to National Security Studies, Intro to Politics, Terrorism and Political Violence, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, Model United Nations, and Intelligence and Security Studies.