Nicoletti, Nicholas P. and William K. Delehanty. (2014). “(Im)Morality in Political Discourse? The Effects of Moral Psychology in Politics.” Book chapter to appear in: Multidisciplinary Volume on Moral Psychology. Springer, U.S.A. (Forthcoming).

Arena, Phil and Nicholas P. Nicoletti. (2014). “Selectorate Theory, the Democratic Peace, and Public Goods Provision.” International Theory. 6(3): 391-416. Also, you can read the article here.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2014) “Introduction to Stata: Getting Started with Stata Programming“. Published in: Economics 306: Introduction to Economics. Boston, MA. Pearson.

Current Working Papers

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2016). “Establishing the Value of Mock Trial Participation.” Commissioned by the American Mock Trial lAssociation.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2015). “The Rally ‘Round the Flag Effect vs. The Democratic Peace.”


Politicizing War: Information, Democracy, and Public Opinion


I present a formal theory of how citizens formulate their beliefs about conflict and the reelection of the incumbent during wartime elections. Belief formation is modeled as a function of two distinct signals. The first signal varies on its degree of accuracy regarding the overall success of the war campaign. We can think of this signal as actors within the media which receive a noisy signal from Nature regarding the state of the war. The second signal denotes a biased political actor seeking election, which also places some importance on the national interest. The electorate has incomplete information over the opposition’s value for the national interest and the accuracy of the Media’s signal. The model suggests the existence of equilibria where biased signals are dominant. A primary finding is the possibility that citizens choose to elect the opposition party, which subsequently ends a successful war campaign. I am currently designing a series of experiments to test the predictions from the theory.

Paper Draft

Politicizing War: Information, Democracy, and Public Opinion

LaTeX Dissertation Template

Penn State offers a fantastic thesis/dissertation LaTeX template here. I have taken this resource and adapted it to the University at Buffalo, SUNY Guidelines for Electronic Thesis / Dissertation Preparation and Submission. The update includes a rearranged title page to match UB’s guidelines, the addition of a copyright page (if desired), and a slight font change. You can download my .RAR adapted package here. It contains some example text and the title page is for my dissertation but you can simply just insert your own text. I hope this is helpful!

The European Union and World Politics: The EU, its Member States, and International Interactions International Conference

The University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo State College, and The Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS) were proud to present the first annual European Union and World Politics international graduate student conference.

This IEUSS sponsored interdisciplinary event took place on October 5-6, 2012. It was held between the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College campuses within the greater Buffalo-Niagara region. The conference was open to all relevant disciplines and sub-disciplines including political science, international law, European law, international political economy, economics, policy sciences, international studies and history. This conference was positioned at a seminal time to study Europe’s role in world affairs.

You can read the papers from the conference here, or order a copy of all the papers presented at the conference from the following published volume.