Faculty Bios

Gregory D. Miller

Dr. Gregory D. Miller
Associate Professor

Dr. Gregory D. Miller is Associate Professor at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS), a Department of Defense graduate program offering an 11-month Master’s Degree in Campaign Planning and Strategy for senior officers.  JAWS is part of the National Defense University, located at the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) in Norfolk, VA.  Dr. Miller teaches core courses in the Strategy Department as well as the terrorism elective.

Dr. Miller received Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and History from the University of California, Los Angeles (1996), as well as Master’s Degrees in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (1998) and in Political Science from The Ohio State University (2000).  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University (2004) where his coursework focused on International Security and Military History.

Dr. Miller spent thirteen years teaching courses in Political Science, US Foreign Policy, and Terrorism at The Ohio State University, the College of William & Mary, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University.  He also developed and taught the online Terrorism course for the Homeland Security graduate program at Texas A&M, and was creator and director of the Summer Workshop on Teaching about Terrorism (SWOTT) from 2004 to 2008, which involved a series of week-long programs to help faculty and advanced graduate students improve their understanding of terrorism.  He has taught at JAWS since July 2013.

He has published on topics related to terrorist group behavior, deterrence of terrorism, energy security, and reputation in international politics.  His articles appear in several scholarly publications including Security Studies, Terrorism & Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and The Washington Quarterly. His 2012 Cornell University Press book focuses on the consequences of states either honoring or failing to honor their international commitments by examining Great Power military alliances before the First World War.  His current projects include a book that examines how certain characteristics of terrorist groups determine their behavior as well as their responses to various state counterterrorism policies.  He also has articles in-progress on the characteristics of the religious wave of modern terrorism, on why only certain nationalist groups become religiously radicalized, and on why states reveal some military innovations while keeping others secret.

Select publications:

“Terrorist Decision Making and the Deterrence Problem,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (January 2013).

The Shadow of the Past: Reputation and Military Alliances before the First World War (Cornell University press, 2012).

“The Security Costs of Energy Independence,” The Washington Quarterly (April 2010).

“Teaching about Terrorism: Lessons Learned at SWOTT,” PS: Political Science and Politics (October 2009).

“Confronting Terrorisms: Group Motivation and Successful State Policies,” Terrorism and Political Violence (Fall 2007).

“Hypotheses on Reputation: Alliance Choices and the Shadow of the Past,” Security Studies (Spring 2003).

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