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Caitlin Talmadge

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Room 466
Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-7591
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

Defense policy; civil-military relations; U.S. military operations and strategy; nuclear proliferation; and Persian Gulf security issues.


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Caitlin Talmadge is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she is also a member of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. Her research and teaching focus on defense policy, civil-military relations, U.S. military operations and strategy, nuclear proliferation, and Persian Gulf security issues. Her writing has appeared in International Security, Security Studies, The Washington Quarterly, The Non-Proliferation Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign , and the Harvard International Review, among other outlets, and she is currently completing a book on military effectiveness. She is also co-author of the book U.S. Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy (with Harvey Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz, second edition forthcoming 2013).

Dr. Talmadge is a graduate of Harvard (A.B., summa cum laude) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.), and has held fellowships from the Olin Institute at Harvard University, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the American Political Science Association. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She also has previously served as a consultant to the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense and was named a Next Generation National Security Leader by the Center for a New American Security in 2009.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Classes Taught

PSC 1003 Introduction to International Politics

IAFF 6160 Defense Policy and Program Analysis