Erik Sand, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
Erik Sand faculty photo


Erik Sand is an assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the Naval War College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in political science as part of Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Sand is a Navy reserve surface warfare officer with nine years of active-duty service. His current book project explores why states share advanced military technology with other states. His other research interests include great power dynamics including deterrence, the political economy of security, bureaucratic politics and maritime issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Technology
  • National Security
  • Nuclear
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Assistant Professor

Strategic and Operational Research Department

American in the World Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Officer-in-Charge, Military Detachment, USNS TRENTON (T-EPF 5)

Mediterranean Sea

Lincoln Bloomfield Fellow

MIT Security Studies Program

Staff, Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel

Washington, DC


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021, Political Science (Security Studies)

M.E.M., Old Dominion University, 2015, Engineering Management

A.B., Harvard University, 2007, History

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Research Contributions and Publications

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