Dr. Erik Lin-Greenberg

Adjunct Fellow, Defense Program

Assistant Professor of Political Science, MIT

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Dr. Erik Lin-Greenberg is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT, where he is an affiliate of the Security Studies Program. His research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation and use of force. In his book project, he leverages 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, he explores how technology and public opinion influence alliance politics and decisions on the use of force. He is also interested in the role of food in international politics. His 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. He previously held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. He completed his 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, he was 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.

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