I am an assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the MIT Security Studies Program.
My research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the use of force. In my book project, I study how remote warfighting technologies – like drones and cyber warfare – shape crisis escalation. The book manuscript draws from my dissertation, which received the 2020 Merze Tate Award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in international relations, law, and politics.
In other ongoing projects, I explore how technology and public opinion influence decisions on the use of force and alliance politics. I am also interested in the role of food in international politics.
My work has appeared in a variety of academic and policy outlets including Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, International Peacekeeping, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and War on the Rocks. My research has been supported by the Eisenhower Institute, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Tobin Project. I was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and a Carnegie Predoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
I completed my PhD in Political Science at Columbia University and an M.S. and B.S. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before entering academia, I was as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and continue to serve on the Joint Staff as a member of the Air Force Reserve.
You can reach me at eriklg (at) mit (dot) edu.