Security / Defense

Research Interest

Janet Napolitano

Professor
Goldman School of Public Policy

Janet Napolitano is a Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She served as the twentieth president of the University of California, from 2013 to 2020, and Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. She is a former two-term Governor of Arizona, a former Attorney General of Arizona, and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.

Daniel J. Sargent

Associate Professor
History
Goldman School of Public Policy

John Yoo

Professor
Law

John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies international and constitutional law, focusing on foreign and defense policy with a particular interest in how modern weapons technology could change the rules for armed conflict.

Steven Weber

Professor
School of Information
Political Science

Steven Weber is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies the intersection of technology markets, intellectual property regimes, and international politics, with a focus on the political economy of knowledge intensive industries and the impact of technology on national as well as international security.

Robert Powell

Professor
Political Science

Robert Powell is the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and won the National Academy of Science’s prize for behavior research relevant to the prevention of nuclear war. Prof. Powell studies war and the politics of weakly institutionalized states, and specializes in game-theoretic approaches to international conflict.

Michael Nacht

Professor
Goldman School of Public Policy

Michael Nacht is the Thomas and Alison Schneider Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies U.S. national security policy, the intersection of science, technology and public policy, as well as management strategies for complex organizations.

Marika Landau-Wells

Assistant Professor
Political Science

Marika Landau-Wells is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley. She studies the effects of cognitive processes on political behavior writ large, investigating the ways in which the psychological and neurological underpinnings of threat perception influence policy preferences, with a particular focus on national security decision-making.

Raymond Jeanloz

Professor
Earth & Planetary Sciences

Raymond Jeanloz is a Professor of Astronomy and Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He also chairs the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Prof. Jeanloz studies the nature and evolution of planetary interiors and has worked in public policy, including on resource and environmental issues, national and international security, and science education.

Ryan Brutger

Assistant Professor
Political Science

Ryan Brutger is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies international political economy, international law, international security, and political psychology, examining the domestic politics of international negotiations and cooperation.

Ron Hassner

Professor
Political Science

Ron Hassner is the Chancellor's Professor of Political Science and Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies at the University of California Berkeley. He is also the faculty director of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and is the editor of the Cornell University Press book series “Religion and Conflict.” Prof. Hassner studies the role of ideas, practices, and symbols in international security with particular attention to the relationship between religion and violence.