The Correlates of War project is headed by a director or co-directors charged with overseeing and coordinating the main activities of the project. Directors track the status of the project’s data sets, convene meetings, set data gathering priorities and directions, help to resolve coding disputes, pursue grants, and coordinate with other data collection and management efforts as appropriate. Directors serve at the pleasure of the Advisory Board and are initially appointed for renewable 5 year terms.

Current Directors

Jeff Carter (Appalachian State University) and Scott Wolford (University of Texas)

Past Directors

Zeev Maoz, 2013-2022
Paul F. Diehl, 2005-2012
D. Scott Bennett (interim), 2002-2004
Stuart Bremer (deceased), 1998-2002
J. David Singer (deceased), 1963-1998

Associate Director

The associate director is responsible for the maintenance of the data archive and the more technical aspects of the project. These include maintaining and managing the web site, posting data sets, and overseeing the format of data sets and associated documentation. The COW data archive is currently managed at the Pennsylvania State University. The Associate Director serves at the pleasure of the Advisory Board for an indefinite period.

Current Associate Director

D. Scott Bennett, Pennsylvania State University (since 2005)

Advisory Board

The Correlates of War project is overseen by an advisory board, which meets twice a year at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association and Peace Science Society (International) respectively. The board is composed of 9 voting members. Three of these members are elected from the data hosts group; the other six members are elected from nominations made by past and present members of the advisory board. The Director of the project consults with the Advisory Board on important matters and as the Director deems necessary. Final decisions about matters such as the appointment of the director and associate director, data set hosts and procedures, the adoption of new coding rules or restructuring of typologies and datasets, and the addition of new data as officially-designated COW data sets rest with the Advisory Board.

Member Advisory Board & Term

Katherine Barbieri, University of South Carolina, through June 2024
Jessica Maves Braithwaite, University of Arizona, through June 2024
Shahryar Minhas, Michigan State University, through June 2024
Michaela Mattes, University of California, Berkeley, through January 2026
Roseanne McManus, Pennsylvania State University, through January 2026
Timothy Nordstrom, University of Mississippi, through January 2026
Michael Kenwick, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, through January 2027
Paul Poast, University of Chicago, through January 2027
Amy Yuen, Middlebury College, through January 2027

Data Hosts

A major practical issue in collecting and releasing updated cross-national and cross-time data sets such as those collected by the COW Project has been the amount of resources needed to simultaneously maintain a large number of data sets. As a result, COW has implemented a distributed system of data set hosting based on the notion of “coordinated decentralization.” The goal is for each COW data set to obtain a semi-permanent “home” and “host,” that is, an institution and an individual who will agree to maintain a data set and the related documentation for a period of time. The care given to a data set by its host follows a set of guidelines designed to ensure continued consistency with COW standards. The Director and the COW Advisory Board are responsible for monitoring data sets and hosts.

Current Data Hosts

Alliances (Formal)- Doug Gibler, University of Alabama
Contiguity (Direct & Colonial)- Paul Hensel, University of North Texas
Cultural-  Errol HendersonZeev Maoz, UC-Davis
Defense Cooperation Agreement- Brandon Kinne, UC-Davis
Diplomatic- Resat Bayer, Koc University
IGOs- Tim Nordstrom, University of Mississippi; Jon Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin
Intrastate War- Jeff Dixon, Texas A&M-Central Texas; Meredith Sarkees, Global Women’s Leadership in International Security (GWLIS)
Interstate & Extrastate War- Meredith Sarkees, GWLIS; Frank Wayman, University of Michigan-Dearborn
MIDs- Faten Ghosn, University of Essex, Alex Braithwaite, University of Arizona, Paul Bezerra, United States Air Force Academy, and Vito D’Orazio, West Virginia University
MIDs Location- Alex Braithwaite, University of Arizona and Paul Bezerra, United States Air Force Academy
National Material Capabilities- Michael Greig and Andrew Enterline, University of North Texas
System Membership- Volker Krause, Eastern Michigan University
Territorial Change- Steven Miller, Clemson University
Trade- Katherine Barbieri, University of South Carolina