Michael D. Ward is an emeritus professor of Political Science at Duke University, having previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Colorado, the University of Mendès-France France, and the University of Washington. He received an A.B (Honors) from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He is the recipient of over two dozen research grants and contracts, spanning a variety of topics related to international peace and commerce in the context of the dependencies among international political and economic actors. He collaborates with political scientists, economists, network scientists, geographers, ethnographers, and remote sensing specialists to study the dynamics of conflict. Ward has published a dozen books and more than ten dozen refereed articles in a variety of disciplines and languages. He is an elected fellow of the Political Methodology Society and recipient of the Society's 2018 Career Achievement Award. He is also the founder and president of Predictive Heuristics, a risk analysis firm.