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Erik Lin-Greenberg Assistant Professor School of International Service

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PhD, Political Science, Columbia University (2019)

MS, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009)

BS, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009)


Erik Lin-Greenberg is an assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service. His research examines how emerging military technology – including drones, artificial intelligence, and commercial remote sensing systems – affect conflict dynamics and the use of force.

In his ongoing book project, Remote Controlled Restraint, Erik explores how remote warfighting technologies – like drones – shape crisis escalation. In other projects, he examines how technology influences arms control agreements, alliance relationships, and public support for military operations. Erik’s work has appeared in a variety of academic and policy outlets including Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, International Peacekeeping, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. His research has been generously supported by the Eisenhower Institute, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Smith Richardson Foundation, Tobin Project, and Columbia University. Erik has held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Before entering academia, Erik served as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. He continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve.

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