• Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
Research Areas
  • National Security Policy
  • U.S. Defense Politics and Organization
  • Energy Security
Teaching Areas
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Intelligence and National Security

Eugene Gholz is an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. For the 2015-16 academic year, he was also the Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy at Williams College. He works primarily at the intersection of national security and economic policy, on subjects including innovation, defense management, and U.S. foreign policy. He co-wrote a well-known article that coined the term “restraint” as a proposed grand strategy for the United States. From 2010-2012, he served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. Before working in the Pentagon, he directed the LBJ School's master’s program in global policy studies from 2007-2010. From 2007-2013, he served as an associate editor of the journal Security Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Media Expertise
  • National Security
  • Defense
  • U.S. Foreign Policy


Media MentionApril 18, 2017
Why U.S. Strategy Must Adapt to Technological Change

LBJ Professor Eugene Gholz makes the case for technological innovation in U.S. grand strategy.

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Media MentionFebruary 26, 2017
NATO Revamped: Why the Alliance Needs to Change

Last year, the Center for the National Interest partnered with the Charles Koch Institute to host a foreign policy roundtable. Among the topics addressed was: Has NATO outlived its usefulness to the United States? LBJ professor Eugene Gholz weighs in. 

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Media MentionOctober 24, 2016
Grand Strategy: What is America’s Most Pressing Foreign Policy Issue?

Eugene Gholz suggests American hubris may be a factor in the U.S.' difficulty in exacting more political influence abroad.

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