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Denise Garcia

College of Social Sciences and Humanities Associate Professor, Political Science and International Affairs

Professor Denise Garcia is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the International Affairs program at Northeastern University in Boston, a Nobel Peace Institute Fellow in Oslo in 2017. She conducts research on the role of international law in world politics. She is especially interested in the questions of robotics and Artificial Intelligence, global governance of security, and the formation of new international norms and their impact on peace and security.

She is the recipient of the Northeastern University Outstanding Teaching Award and of Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2017, Garcia was appointed to the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Garcia teaches the annual course titled Global Governance of International Security & the World Politics of Diplomacy at the United Nations in Geneva, in cooperation with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and many other partners. In 2016, she testified to the United Nations on the question of lethal autonomous weapons and their impact on peace and security. She is a member of the Research Board of the Institute for Economics and Peace, and since 2018 of the ​Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (The IEEE Global Initiative).

Author of Small Arms and Security – New Emerging International Norms, and Disarmament Diplomacy and Human Security – Norms, Regimes, and Moral Progress in International Relations, her articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the European Journal of International Security, International Affairs, Ethics & International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Global Policy Journal, International Relations, and elsewhere.

Prior to joining the faculty of Northeastern University in 2006 (tenured in 2013), Garcia held a three-year appointment at Harvard, at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the World Peace Foundation’s Intra-State Conflict Program. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement (Graduate Institute for International Studies and Development), University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is the vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations.

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