Eugene Gholz

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Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


International Relations, Methodology


Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000

Research and Teaching Interests

National security policy, U.S. grand strategy, defense management and organization, innovation, business-government relations, political economy


Eugene Gholz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He works primarily at the intersection of national security and economic policy, on subjects including innovation, defense management, and U.S. grand strategy. From 2010-2012, he served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. He is the coauthor of two books: Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry, and U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy. Additionally, he co-wrote a well-known International Security article that coined the term “restraint” as a proposed grand strategy for the United States. Much of his recent scholarship focuses on energy security. He is vice chair of the international security section of the International Studies Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; he previously held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Williams College, the University of Kentucky, and George Mason University; and his Ph.D. is from MIT.

Office Hours

Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Office: 2027 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: (574) 631-3156

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Gholz CV