Jonathan Caverley
2013, IPSI
Research Associate, MIT Political Science



Prior to Jonathan Caverley’s 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. 

He has consulted for the RAND Corporation, where he helped develop scenarios for responding to a biological weapons attack in East Asia. 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.


Foreign Policy, Defense Policy and Military Strategy, Human Rights and Democracy Promotion