Assistant Professor of Teaching
Director of Teaching for Security Studies Program
Professor Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault is Assistant Professor of Teaching for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown. She has previously served as an Assistant Dean in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown. With an expertise in the study of terrorism, torture, and interrogation, Professor Arsenault has taught International Security, International Law, and International Relations courses as well as seminars on national security policy and asymmetric violence and terrorism. She was presented with the Dorothy Brown Award in 2012 by the Georgetown University Student Association on behalf of the undergraduate student body and has also received the School of Foreign Service Faculty of the Year Award in 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and B.A. in Government and History from The College of William & Mary. She has also worked in the defense and security sectors of the U.S. government.
Areas of Expertise: Terrorism, Torture, Insurgency, International Law, U.S. National Security, Intelligence, International Relations
Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault. How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture (book released by Columbia University Press in March 2017).
Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault. “Assessing Effectiveness of the Geneva Conventions: The United States in Iraq and Afghanistan,” chapter for an edited volume entitled, Human Rights at War, eds. Nina Tannenwald and Matthew Evangelista (forthcoming: Oxford University Press).
Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: U.S. Detention Policy toward ISIS (forthcoming, Survival).
Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, “Law, Counterterrorism, and Intelligence Gathering: Recommendations for the Trump Administration,” GSSR Special Issue: What the New Administration Needs to Know About Terrorism and Counterterrorism (February 2017).
Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault and Tricia Bacon. “Disaggregating and Defeating Terrorist Safe Havens,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 38:2 (2015): 85-112.