Erik Lin-Greenberg

Erik Lin-Greenberg

Leo Marx Career Development Assistant Professor of the History and Culture of Science & Technology

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Emerging technology, crisis escalation, and security strategy.

Biography

Erik Lin-Greenberg is the Leo Marx Career Development Assistant Professor in the History and Culture of Science and Technology in the Department of Political Science at MIT. His research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation and use of force. In his book project, he studies how remote warfighting technologies – like drones – shape crisis escalation. In other ongoing projects, he explores how technology and public opinion influence alliance politics and decisions on the use of force. He is also interested in the international politics of food and the use of wargaming as a tool of scholarly inquiry.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in academic and policy outlets including Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.  He has held fellowships at Dartmouth's College Dickey Center for International Understanding, the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House, and at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He received the 2020 Merze Tate Award from the American Political Science Association.

He completed his PhD in Political Science at Columbia University, and an M.S. and B.S. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before entering academia, he was an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and continues to serve as Director of Operations of an Air Force Reserve Squadron.

News

Boots on the Ground, Eyes in the Sky

Erik Lin-Greenberg and Theo Milonopoulos Foreign Affairs

Days after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered an emotional address to the European Parliament, pleading for support. That same day, Ukraine’s vice prime minister and minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, took to Twitter to announce a more targeted—but no less urgent—plea to the executives and corporate board members of commercial satellite companies.

Private Eyes in the Sky

Erik Lin-Greenberg and Theo Milonopoulos Foreign Affairs

How Commercial Satellites Are Transforming Intelligence

Biography

Erik Lin-Greenberg is the Leo Marx Career Development Assistant Professor in the History and Culture of Science and Technology in the Department of Political Science at MIT. His research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation and use of force. In his book project, he studies how remote warfighting technologies – like drones – shape crisis escalation. In other ongoing projects, he explores how technology and public opinion influence alliance politics and decisions on the use of force. He is also interested in the international politics of food and the use of wargaming as a tool of scholarly inquiry.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in academic and policy outlets including Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.  He has held fellowships at Dartmouth's College Dickey Center for International Understanding, the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House, and at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He received the 2020 Merze Tate Award from the American Political Science Association.

He completed his PhD in Political Science at Columbia University, and an M.S. and B.S. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before entering academia, he was an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and continues to serve as Director of Operations of an Air Force Reserve Squadron.

News

Boots on the Ground, Eyes in the Sky

Erik Lin-Greenberg and Theo Milonopoulos Foreign Affairs

Days after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered an emotional address to the European Parliament, pleading for support. That same day, Ukraine’s vice prime minister and minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, took to Twitter to announce a more targeted—but no less urgent—plea to the executives and corporate board members of commercial satellite companies.

Private Eyes in the Sky

Erik Lin-Greenberg and Theo Milonopoulos Foreign Affairs

How Commercial Satellites Are Transforming Intelligence