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Gregory Koblentz

Associate Professor; Director, Biodefense Graduate Programs
Gregory Koblentz



Van Metre Hall, Room 678, MSN: 3B1 
3351 Fairfax Drive 
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Affiliation: War and the Military in SocietyBiodefensePolitical Science



Gregory D. Koblentz is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master's in Biodefense and PhD in Biodefense at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. He is also an Associate Faculty at the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason and a member of the Scientist Working Group on Chemical and Biological Weapons at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC. During 2012-2013, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations where he conducted research on nuclear proliferation.

Prior to arriving at George Mason, Dr. Koblentz was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has also worked for the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dr. Koblentz is the author of Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age (Council on Foreign Relations, 2014) and Living Weapons: Biological Warfare and International Security (Cornell University Press, 2009) and co-author of Editing Biosecurity: Needs and Strategies for Governing Genome Editing (George Mason University and Stanford University, 2018) and Tracking Nuclear Proliferation: A Guide in Maps and Charts (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1998). He has published widely on issues related to biodefense, biosecurity, dual-use research, and the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. He received a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Areas of Research

  • Biodefense
  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Health Security
  • International Relations
  • International Security
  • Middle East
  • Security Policy
  • South Asia
  • Terrorism