Douglas B. Shaw serves as Associate Dean for Planning, Research, and External Relations at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, with a concurrent appointment as Assistant Professor of International Affairs. As Associate Dean, he supports the Elliott School’s research enterprise, including eight institutes and centers, strategic initiatives, the offices of Public Affairs, Graduate Admissions, and Graduate Student Career Development. As a faculty member, he teaches courses and conducts research on nuclear proliferation and international security.
Dr. Shaw previously served as Director of Policy Planning for Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia where he built a staff of four to develop strategic initiatives to advance Georgetown University as a leading student-centered international research university. He was instrumental in creating a flagship course in Ethics and Global Development team taught by Dr. DeGioia and School of Foreign Service Dean Carol Lancaster, hiring former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski onto the faculty, and mentoring a Rhodes Scholar.
Dr. Shaw joined the White House Office of Presidential Personnel the day after the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton and held appointments in both Clinton Administrations. At the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he was commended by the President for his involvement with the successful global diplomatic campaign to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Subsequently, Dr. Shaw worked at the U.S. Department of Energy where he received a Meritorious Service Award for “significant improvements of safeguards and security of tons of weapons usable nuclear materials” in Ukraine.
Dr. Shaw has also served in leadership roles in several prominent non-governmental organizations; including as Director of Security Programs for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Physicians for Social Responsibility; Executive Vice President of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy; and as Director of Communications of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security where he worked closely with former Ambassador Thomas Graham, the late Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and other globally prominent security experts. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of College Bound and the Worker Rights Consortium.
Dr. Shaw’s private sector experience includes business development, research, and analysis for Booz Allen Hamilton, Liebman & Associates Energy and Environmental Consulting, and Numark Associates.
Dr. Shaw holds B.S.F.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown University in international relations and security studies. He has lectured on nuclear nonproliferation on four continents in venues including the Organization of American States and Harvard University; discussed security issues on C-SPAN and National Public Radio; and has been published in The Los Angeles Times,The Nonproliferation Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.