Paul C. Avey


Paul C. Avey

Assistant Professor


513 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • Professor Avey teaches courses in national security, strategy, and world politics.

Professional Activities



  • He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Iowa.

Research Interests

    Selected Publications

    Dr. Avey is the author or coauthor of works in International Security, Security Studies (forthcoming), International Studies Quarterly, and Foreign Policy. He is currently working on a book manuscript that explores why states without nuclear weapons get into conflicts with states that have nuclear weapons. He is also part of an ongoing project with the Carnegie Policy Relevance Project at Notre Dame to explore and help bridge the academic-policy gap in security studies.

    Additional Information

    Before coming to Virginia Tech, Dr. Avey was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Managing the Atom project and International Security Program at Harvard’s Belfer Center for International Studies, a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MIT, and a postdoctoral fellow with the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU.  He remains a devoted, though usually disappointed, fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.