Erik Gartzke is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He studies institutional correlates to war and peace, with an emphasis on bargaining and rational choice theory. He has contributed prolifically to his discipline, notably in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Quarterly, among many others.

Gartzke holds a political science from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in history from the University of San Francisco.