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Anne Louise Clunan

Associate Professor
National Security Affairs
Graduate School of International and Defense Studies

Phone: (831) 656-2904


Anne Clunan is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her interests focus on globalization, governance, and non-state actors, international status, rising powers and identity politics, and emerging technologies, competitiveness and national security. She has published on non-state actors and ungoverned spaces; Russian identity and national security; international status and rising powers; globalization and sovereignty; biological weapons and biotechnology; nanotechnology and national competitiveness, and terrorism financing. Her work has appeared in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Political Science Quarterly, and Perspectives on Politics, and elsewhere. She is author of The Social Construction of Russia’s Resurgence: Aspirations, Identity, and Security Interests (Johns Hopkins, 2009) and co-editor of two edited volumes, Ungoverned Spaces: Alternative Governance in and Era of Softened Sovereignty (Stanford, 2010) and Terrorism, War or Disease? (Stanford 2008). Clunan also has twenty years experience leading international non-governmental organizations in countries transitioning from communism. She has worked in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of State, and the British Houses of Parliament. She is the recipient of the Velvet Revolution Award from the Czech and Slovak governments and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director’s Award for Outstanding Service. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
NPS Experience
  • 2009 - current: Associate Professor
  • 2002 - 2009: Assistant Professor
Other Experience
  • 2004 - 2008 President, Civic Education Project, Inc., Budapest, Hungary
  • 2001 - 2002 University of California Faculty Fellow, Department of Political Science, U.C. Irvine
  • 1998 - 1998 Junior Research Associate, Moscow Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • 1991 - 1993 Vice President, Civic Education Project, Inc., Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1990 - 1991 President, Students for Czechoslovakia, Inc., Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1988 - 1989 Assistant and then Special Assistant, Deputy Director, Office of Soviet Union Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • 1987 - 1991 Founder, Students for Czechoslovakia, Inc., Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1986 - 1987 Research Assistant, Office of Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., U.S. Senate
Research Interests
International relations theory
International security and cooperation
International institutional change
Emerging security threats
Globalization and sovereignty
Science, technology, environment and international politics
Russian foreign policy
Great Powers
Identity Politics
Social Psychology
Economic sociology
Political sociology
Teaching Interests
International Relations
Transnational Security Threats
Globalization and Governance
International Law and Organization
Science and Technology and World Politics
Rising Powers and Global Order
Human Rights and Humanitarian Politics
Russian Foreign Policy
Global Political Economy


  • 2012 - Director’s Award for Outstanding Service, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • 2011 - LCDR David L. Williams Outstanding Professor Award, School of International and Graduate Studies
  • 2006 - Provost’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence and Recognition , Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1999 - Velvet Revolution Award, Governments of the Czech and Slovak Republics

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • American Sociological Association
  • International Studies Association
  • 2002 Women in International Security