Ph.D. in Public Affairs

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Affairs is offered in two research clusters: Security Studies; and Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). The School aims to enroll eight Ph.D. students each year, evenly divided between the two clusters.

Security Studies

This cluster is designed to prepare Ph.D. students for rigorous research on the major threats to international and national security and the relevant forces that will confront against those threats. 

Information about the program can be found here.

Areas of concentration include: 

  • Grand Strategies.
  • Great Powers and Stability.
  • Civil-Military Relations.
  • Humanitarian Intervention.
  • Insurgency.
  • Arms Control and Proliferation.
  • The Threat and Use of Force.
  • Cyber Warfare.
  • Biological and Chemical Weapons.
  • Terrorism and Civil Conflict.

Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)

This cluster focuses on applications of natural and social science methodology in the policy arena, as well as the interactions between natural and social science in policy analysis.

Information about the program can be found here.

Areas of concentration include:

  • Global Climate Change.
  • Air Pollution.
  • Conservation Biology.
  • Tropical Disease Transmission.
  • Information Technology.
  • Nuclear Power.
  • Renewable Energy.

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