Erik Lin-Greenberg



I am the Leo Marx Career Development Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I am a member of the MIT Security Studies Program (SSP) and co-direct the SSP Wargaming Lab.

My research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the use of force. My book, The Remote Revolution: Drones and Modern Statecraft (Under Contract, Cornell University Press), studies how remote warfighting technologies are reshaping international politics. The book 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 or is forthcoming in academic and policy outlets including Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations,¬†Journal of Conflict Resolution,¬†Security Studies, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. My research has been supported by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, the Eisenhower Institute, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. I have held fellowships at Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding, the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, and at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. I am a fellow with the Bridging the Gap Project and an adjunct fellow with the Center for a New American Security Defense Program.

I received 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 an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. I’ve completed assignments in operational units, Headquarters Air Force, the Joint Staff, and continue to serve as a squadron director of operations in the Air Force Reserve.

You can reach me at eriklg (at) mit (dot) edu.

Photo: Gretchen Ertl