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Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Denise Garcia, a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of the University of Geneva, is a professor at Northeastern University in Boston and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Experiential Robotics. She is formerly a member of the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (2017-2022), currently of the Research Board of the Toda Peace Institute (Tokyo) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (Sydney), Vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.  She was the Nobel Peace Institute Fellow in Oslo in 2017.

A multiple teaching award-winner, her recent publications appeared at Nature, Foreign Affairs, and other top journals. Her upcoming book is Common Good Governance in the Age of Military Artificial Intelligence with Oxford University Press 2023. A native of Brazil, and a naturalized citizen of the United States of America, Garcia is a devoted yogi, her hobbies include travel and surfing.

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  • Founding faculty of the NU Experiential Robotics Institute
  • Vice-Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control
  • Member of the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems member
  • Northeastern University-wide Outstanding Teaching Award 2018-2019
  • College of Social Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award (2017)
  • Nobel Peace Institute Fellow in Oslo (2017)
  • Testimonies to the United Nations on the question of lethal autonomous weapons and their impact on peace and security
  • Member of the Research Board of the Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Summer Course at the United Nations in Geneva, since 2007
  • Global Resilience Institute Faculty at Northeastern University.
  • Member of the Research Board of the Toda Peace Institute (Tokyo)
  • Member of the Institute for Economics and Peace (Sydney)

BOOKS:

Forthcoming: Common Good Governance in the Age of Military Artificial Intelligence. Oxford University Press. 2023.

Small Arms and Security – New Emerging International Norms.

Disarmament Diplomacy and Human Security – Norms, Regimes, and Moral Progress in International Relations.

ARTICLES:

Please check-out the new podcast : « Controlling Killer Robots »

Denise Garcia is the vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations and the Global South Unit for Mediation in Rio de Janeiro. She is the recipient of the Northeastern University Outstanding Teaching Award (2019) and the College of Social Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award (2017).

Website : professordenisegarcia.com Twitter: @DeniseGarcia100 Podcast: Controlling Killer Robots  Please visit Foreign Affairs for Professor Garcia's page

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  • Education

    PhD, 2006, International Relations & International Law, Institut des Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement (Graduate Institute for International Studies and Development), University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Contact

    617.373.2879 / 617.875.3228 d.garcia@northeastern.edu
  • Address

    225J Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Fall 2022: Tuesdays 5-6:30pm and Wednesday 10:30am-11:30am

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  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing international conflict and negotiations: how conflicts evolve, are managed, and/or resolved. In dealing with different types of regional and international conflicts, students focus on historical, ethnic, religious, geographic, and political aspects of a variety of conflicts and the consequences these conflicts hold for regional and international actors.