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- B.A. University of Florida, 1974
- M.A. Florida State University, 1976
- Ph.D. Florida State University, 1981
Professor Rasler's research interests are in general theories of international conflict and cooperation; relative decline of world powers; war and statebuilding processes; societal consequences of war; modeling long cycles of war; distribution of power and technological innovations; political violence and internal wars. She has taught a core seminar in international relations, American Foreign Policy, political violence and revolutions, introduction to political inquiry (research design). She has a variety of journal articles in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Sociological Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research and International Interactions. She co-authored with William R. Thompson, War and Statemaking: The Shaping of Civil Wars, (1989) and The Great Powers and Global Struggle, 1490-1990, (1994) and Puzzles of the Democratic Peace: Theory, Geopolitics and the Transformation of World Politics (2005).