Reiter received his B.A. with honors in political science from Northwestern University in 1989 and his Ph.D in political science from the University of Michigan in 1994. He was a John M. Olin postdoctoral fellow in National Security at Harvard University from 1994 to 1995.
Reiter has had a number of articles published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the American Political Science Review and World Politics. His book How Wars End was the recipient of a 2010 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association.
Crucible of Beliefs: Learning, Alliances and World Wars (Cornell University Press, 1996)
Democracies at War (Princeton University Press, 2002)
Preventive War and Its Alternatives: The Lessons of History (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S., Army War College, 2006)
How Wars End (Princeton University Press, 2009)
- Reiter, Dan. "How War Will End in Afghanistan -- Even if Conflict Does Not". Foreign Policy. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- "Dan Reiter APSA Candidate Statement". The American Political Science Association. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- "APSA's 2010 Best Book Award, Conflict Processes Section, awarded to How Wars End". Princeton University Press blog. Princeton University Press. Retrieved 12 December 2010.