Dr. Andrew L. Ross joined the Bush School faculty as a professor in the Department of International Affairs in 2014. He is also director of the National Security Affairs program and a senior fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. Professor Ross’ previous appointment was at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where he served as director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Policy; director of Special Science, Engineering, and Policy Research Initiatives in the Office of the Vice President for Research; and professor of political science. He led UNM’s University Strategic Partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and served as the program manager for UNM’s Educational Partnership Agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Ross was also the founder and chair of the New Mexico Nuclear Study Group.
Prior to his appointment at UNM in 2005, Professor Ross spent sixteen years at the U.S. Naval War College, where he served as a research professor in the Strategic Research Department (SRD) of the College's Center for Naval Warfare Studies; director of studies, SRD; director of the College's project, entitled "Military Transformation and the Defense Industry After Next”; acting director of the Advanced Research Program; co-lead of the post-9/11 Strategy Task Group; professor in the National Security Affairs Department; and Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow. He received the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2002.
The principal investigator and leader of several major federally funded research initiatives, Professor Ross’ work on US grand strategy, national security and defense planning, regional security, weapons proliferation, and security and economics has appeared in numerous journals and books. His current work focuses on the US grand strategy debate; military innovation; and nuclear policy, strategy, and force structure. He earned his MA and PhD at Cornell University and his BA, summa cum laude, at American University and has held fellowships at Cornell, Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Illinois.