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Edward Rhodes


Photo of Edward RhodesEmail: edrhodes@gmu.edu

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3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Curriculum Vita
Recent Scholarship



Edward Rhodes’s research investigates core questions of American foreign and national security policy and of international behavior. A principal focus of his work has been on the intellectual foundations of America’s engagement with the world outside its borders, particularly on the effect of alternative understandings of liberalism, democracy, and republicanism in shaping American attitudes toward intervention and global involvement.

Prior to joining George Mason University, Ed was a member of the faculty of Rutgers University, serving as founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Global Security and Democracy and as Dean of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. From 2007 to 2009, he was a visiting professor at Princeton University, and has held research appointments at Harvard, Stanford, and Cornell Universities. As a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ed served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Strategy and Concepts branch of the U.S. Navy Staff. From 2000 to 2001, he posted overseas as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Latvia. From 2003 to 2009, Ed served on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, the Congressionally-mandated body overseeing the preparation and release of the official record of American foreign policy.

Ed received his A.B. from Harvard University and his MPA and Ph.D. degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


Areas of Research
  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Intellectual History
  • American National Security Policy
  • Coercion and Deterrence
  • Identity Construction and Foreign Policy Behavior
  • Naval Strategy and Force Posture

SPGIA's faculty is deeply engaged in research that advances solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing the region, the nation, and the world. Faculty members are active as advisors to public, private, and non-profit sector organizations, where they take a hands-on approach to public policy formation and implementation.

SPGIA's research centers span diverse policy areas, including international security, economic development, energy policy, and emerging markets. The School frequently hosts seminars and workshops featuring practitioners and scholars from around the world as well as community events with public officials and candidates.

SPGIA's home is Founders Hall, the flagship building of Mason's Arlington campus, which opened in 2012. The campus is easily accessible from anywhere in the Washington DC area, only a block from the Virginia Square/GMU station on Metro's Orange Line and just minutes away from Interstate 66 and the George Washington Parkway.