Dr. Geoffrey F. Gresh



  • B.A., History and French, Lafayette College 
  • M.A.L.D., Ph.D., International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 


  • Strategic Foundations of Leadership 
  • International Security Studies 
  • Maritime Security and Great Power Competition 
  • Strategic Thought 
  • China’s Frontiers and Territorial Disputes 
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Advising for Contemporary Challenges

GEOFFREY F. GRESH is Professor of International Security Studies at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University in Washington, D.C. with a primary research focus on maritime and naval affairs. He has previously served as the Department Chair of International Security Studies, CISA’s thesis/portfolio co-director, and as CISA’s Director of the South and Central Asia Security Studies Program. 

Prior to CISA, he was a Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris and was the recipient of a Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Fellowship. He also received a U.S. Fulbright-Hays Grant to teach international relations at Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq. He has been awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Istanbul, Turkey and a Presidential Scholarship at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Most recently, he was named as a Hitachi-Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a Visiting Researcher at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, a U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership Fellow, an Associate Member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College in London, and as a term member to the Council on Foreign Relations.