Dr. Caitlin Talmadge

Dr. Caitlin Talmadge

Associate Professor
Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

Dr. Caitlin Talmadge is an Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she serves on the core faculty of the Security Studies Program.

She is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. She previously worked as a professor at The George Washington University, as well as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as a consultant to the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense.

She was also a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been named a Next Generation National Security Leader by the Center for a New American Security.   

Her research and teaching focus on U.S. defense policy, military effectiveness, civil-military relations, nuclear strategy, and Persian Gulf security issues.

Dr. Talmadge is the author of The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes and co-author of U.S. Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy. Her other writings have appeared in International Security, Security Studies, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Nonproliferation Review, The Washington Quarterly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other outlets. Her recent speaking engagements have included the U.S. Naval War College, the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Strategic Command, the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group, Princeton, Duke, Harvard, MIT, the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and the London School of Economics.

She holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was also a member of the Security Studies Program.