Andrew L. Ross
Professor of International Affairs; Brent Scowcroft Chair in International Policy Studies; and Joint Appointment, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Phone: (979) 458-8017
Dr. Andrew L. Ross joined the Bush School faculty as a Professor in the Department of International Affairs in 2014. He was appointed to the Brent Scowcroft Chair in International Policy Studies in March 2018. Since April 2021, Professor Ross has held a joint appointment with Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas A&M Nuclear Solutions Institute. From 2015 to 2021, Professor Ross served as Director of the National Security Affairs Program. During the fall 2020 semester, Professor Ross was in residence at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as the Onsite Director of the National Security Affairs Program (ONSAP). He was sponsored by Weapons Complex and Integration, LLNL’s nuclear weapons program, and was based at the Center for Global Security Research.
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 in the Department 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 (CNWS); Director of Studies, SRD; Director of the CNWS project "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.
As a principal investigator, Professor Ross is closing in on $14 million in external funding, primarily from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy’s national security laboratories. He has been awarded external funding during each of his seven years at the Bush School. His work on U.S. grand strategy, national security and defense planning, regional security, weapons proliferation, and security and economics has appeared in numerous journals and books. Dr. Ross’ current work focuses on the U.S. grand strategy debate; defense and 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.
Professor Ross is in residence at the Los Alamos National Laboratory during the 2021-22 academic year.