I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and an incoming assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (starting 2020).
My research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation and use of force. In my book project, I leverage experimental methods, archival research, elite interviews, and surveys to study how remote warfighting technologies – like drones and cyber warfare – shape crisis escalation. In other ongoing projects, I explore how technology and public opinion influence alliance politics and decisions on the use of force. 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, Tobin Project, and Columbia University. I was previously 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) upenn (dot) edu.