November 17, 2021
General News

Duke professor Michael Ward remembered for wit, wisdom and ‘not accepting the status quo anywhere’

Michael Ward, professor emeritus of political science, died on July 9 at age 72 on July 9 after a long fight against prostate cancer. He is remembered for his profound influence on colleagues, mentees and students, as well as his application of social network analysis to political science.

Prior to his work at Duke, Ward taught at Northwestern University, the University of Colorado, Pierre Mendès-France University and the University of Washington. He also founded Predictive Heuristics, a consulting firm focused on creating predictive models that allow enterprises to “gauge the global political risk environment.”

Ward published 12 books and over 100 articles during his career, advancing the understanding of international conflict, geopolitics, trade and many other subfields of…

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