Adriana Boersner


M.A Political Science, Universidad Simón Bolívar, with Honors, (Caracas, Venezuela)

B.S. International Studies, Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela)


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. My primary research interests include political psychology, foreign policy analysis, and the comparative study of authoritarian regimes. In my current work, I examine the interaction between leaders’ personality and structural constraints for explaining the decision to intervene in civil conflicts. I am particularly interested in answering questions such as, do leaders matter in international politics and if so, how? Are all dictators equally prone to intervene in civil wars? Which psychological motivations matter for explaining aggressive behavior in foreign policy? My work also extends to the study of Latin American elites and other aspects of foreign policy decision making like the effects of beliefs and perceptions about the context and how gender differences impact leadership style in foreign policy. In most of my research, I employ quantitative content analysis and case studies.


Graduate Instructor:

POL_SC 2004 / PSYCH 2001: Comparative Political Psychology (Fall 2017)
POL_SC 1400: Introduction to International Relations (Spring 2017)

Teaching Assistant:

POL_SC 1400: Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2016)
PSYCH 1000: General Psychology (Spring 2016)
PSYCH 1000H: General Psychology (Honors) (Fall 2015)
PSYCH 3140: Cognitive Psychology (Fall 2015)