Erik Lin-Greenberg



I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where I study international relations. Beginning in Fall 2018, I will be a Predoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

My research examines the drivers of military escalation, and identifies factors that contribute to both deliberate and inadvertent escalation.  My dissertation project assesses the impact of emerging military technology, like drones, on escalatory dynamics. I am also interested in security reassurances, the use of law to regulate arms transfers and military operations, and the role of food in international politics.

My work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of academic and policy outlets including Security StudiesInternational Peacekeeping, Asian Security, The Washington Post, War on the Rocks, and The South China Morning Post. My research has been generously supported by the Eisenhower Institute, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Smith Richardson Foundation, Tobin Project, and Columbia University.

I hold an M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and B.S. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before beginning graduate school, I served as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force.

You can reach me at el2723 (at) columbia (dot) edu.