Director of Security Policy Studies and Visiting Associate Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University

David Malet is Director of the Security Policy Studies program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington DC. Previously he taught at the University of Melbourne where was Associate Director of the Melbourne School of Government and Senior Lecturer in International Relations, and at Colorado state University as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Homeland Security and Director of the University Honors Program. He received his PhD in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2009. Prior to that, he served as a defense and foreign policy aide to United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He is the author of Foreign Fighters: Transnational Identities in Civil Conflicts (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Biotechnology and International Security (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)


  • 2016–present
    Associate professor, George Washington University
  • 2012–2016
    Senior lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 2009–2012
    Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Homeland Security , Colorado State University
  • 2000–2003
    Research Assistant, US Senator Tom Daschle


  • 2009 
    George Washington University, PhD in Political Science
  • 1999 
    Georgetown University, MA in National Security Studies
  • 1998 
    Boston University, BA in International Relations and Political Science, BS in Education


  • 2016
    Biotechnology and International Security, Rowman and Littlefield
  • 2015
    Bioterrorism and Local Agency Preparedness: Results from an Experimental Study in Risk Communication, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • 2015
    Foreign Fighter Mobilization and Persistence in a Global Context, Terrorism and Political Violence
  • 2015
    Captain America in International Relations: The Biotech Revolution in Military Affairs, Defence Studies
  • 2014
    Foreign Fighters Playbook, Foreign Affairs
  • 2014
    Accountability between the Public and Experts in Times of Risk, Australian Journal of Public Administration
  • 2013
    Foreign Fighters, Oxford University Press
  • 2010
    In Afghanistan, Less is More, Small Wars Journal
  • 2009
    Why Foreign Fighters? Historical Perspectives and Solutions, Orbis
  • 2008
    Faith in the System: Conceptualizing Grand Strategy in the Post-9/11 World Order, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
  • 2007
    Trade Vote Determinants: Partisan Effects of Political Action Committee , Social Science Journal

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Risk Communication Strategies in Biological Decontamination: Using Social Media to Build Trust
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    United States Government

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • International Relations (160607)