Gale A Mattox


Adjunct Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)
Professor, US Naval Academy


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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+1 202-687-5679

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Monday 5:00-6:30 and 9:00-10:00, By appointment other days


Dr. Gale A. Mattox is a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for 2016/17 and a Fulbright Scholar on NATO Security Studies, Summer 2017. She is a Professor/former Chair, US Naval Academy, Political Science Department where she teaches US National Security Policy, Comparative European Politics, International Relations, a seminar on alliances, and directs the required Capstone seminar course for senior midshipmen. She was a recipient of the USNA Superintendent’s Civilian Faculty Service Award 2011 and the International Studies Association (ISA)Northcutt Award 2015 for contributions to the field of international relations. Since 2002 she has been an Adjunct Professor, Georgetown U. for two graduate courses- one on the Politics of European Security and a second on Europe and Russia. She is a Senior Scholar and Director for the Foreign and Domestic Policies Program, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins U. She held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair, Roosevelt Center, Netherlands 2009. She is a frequent lecturer on US/European/German security and foreign policy.

Mattox was Chair, International Security and Arms Control Section 2011-14, American Political Science Association; President, Women in International Security (WIIS) 1996-2003 and VP and founder, WIIS Summer Symposium for Graduate Students; Vice President, International Studies Association (ISA); and Co-Chair, ISA Women’s Caucus.

She served two years on the State Department Policy Planning Staff responsible for Arms Control and Nonproliferation issues, including the N. Korean Task Force for the 1994 Framework Agreement and 1995 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty extension as well as NATO enlargement and European security with a focus on Germany and Central Europe. She started her career as an International Affairs/US Foreign Policy Analyst at the US Congressional Research Service. She spent a year at the State Department Office of Strategic and Theater Nuclear Policy as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She has been selected a NATO Research Fellow, Robert Bosch Young Leader and President, Bosch Alumni group and an American Council on Germany Young Leader.

Board memberships have included Swedish National Defense University, European Security Forum; Center for Naval Analysis; George C. Marshall Center, Germany; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation American Friends Board as well as Humboldt Fellow Selection board, among others. She was University of Mary Washington Alumna of the Year 1994; recognized as an “Outstanding Woman in the Security Field” by
the Women’s Law Center 2000, Washington, DC.
She serves on the Editorial Board, Naval War College Review. She has appeared on the Lehrer News Hour and other media outlets.

Selected publications are listed below.


  • Ph.D () University of Virginia, National Security and Foreign Affairs


  • German (speak, read, write)