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Associate Professor

Expertise: Energy Politics, Environmental Security


Dr. Emily Meierding is an Associate Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her current research focuses on international disputes over energy resources, petrostates’ political stability, energy sanctions, and great powers’ competition for international influence. She is the author of The Oil Wars Myth: Petroleum and the Causes of International Conflict (Cornell University Press, 2020). She has testified before the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission and her work has appeared in Security StudiesComparative Politics, the International Studies ReviewEnergy Research & Social ScienceForeign Policy, and the Washington Post.


Dr. Meierding earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Before joining the Naval Postgraduate School, she was a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and a faculty member at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.


Recent Publications

2021. “Understanding the Mechanisms of International Influence in an Era of Great Power Competition” (with Rachel Sigman), Journal of Global Security Studies.

2020. The Oil Wars Myth: Petroleum and the Causes of International Conflict (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press).

2017. “Joint Development in the South China Sea: Exploring the Prospects of Oil and Gas Cooperation Between Rivals,” Energy Research & Social Science 24: 65–70.

2016. “Dismantling the Oil Wars Myth,” Security Studies 25, no. 2: 258–288.

2016. “Oil Wars: Why Nations Aren’t Battling Over Resources,” The Washington Post, May 19.

2016. “Do Countries Fight Over Oil?” in Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy, ed. Thijs Van de Graaf, Arunabha Ghosh, Florian Kern, Michael T. Klare, and Benjamin K. Sovacool. London: Palgrave.

2015. “Disconnecting Climate Change from Conflict: A Methodological Proposal,” in Reframing Climate Change: Constructing an Ecological Geopolitics, ed. Shannon O’Lear and Simon Dalby. New York: Routledge.

2015. “The Real Reason Tensions are Rising in the South China Sea,”, May 24. Also published as “Don’t Blame the Oil Rigs,” The Weekly Wonk, New America Foundation, May 21; The Pacific Standard, May 27;, June 10.