Jonathan Caverley is a Research Associate in Political Science and Security Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently examining how states use the international arms trade and training of foreign militaries as tools of influence. His newest project explores civil-military relations during small wars, with an emphasis on the rhetoric of national security threats. His book, Democratic militarism: Voting, Wealth and War, examines the distribution of the costs of security within democracies, and its contribution to military aggressiveness.
Prior to his MIT appointment, he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern, where he founded and co-chaired the Working Group on Security Studies at the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. For the Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 academic quarters he served as a residential fellow at the Woodrow Wilson international Center for Scholars, in Washington, DC.
Caverley previously served eight years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University, where he taught undergraduate classes in Naval Engineering and in Leadership and Management. His Ph.D. and M.P.P. are from the University of Chicago, and he received his A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College.