Justin Conrad is the Gary K. Bertsch Director of the Center for International Trade and Security, Associate Professor of International Affairs, and an affiliate of the Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy at the University of Georgia. Beginning in 2022, Dr. Conrad is jointly appointed to the Savannah River National Laboratory. His work focuses on international security, including energy security, nonproliferation, international conflict and terrorism.

Dr. Conrad’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Stanton Foundation, and his research has been published in leading academic journals, including International Organization, the Journal of Politics and the British Journal of Political Science.  He is also the author of Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict and co-author of Militant Competition: How Terrorists and Insurgents Advertise with Violence and How They Can Be Stopped.  Dr. Conrad has appeared in, and his research has been cited in, a variety of international media outlets, including the Washington PostLos Angeles TimesNewsweek, Diplomat, Slate France, Navy Times, RealClearDefense and Voice of America.

Dr. Conrad is also a key researcher at the Resources and Conflict Project, and Associate Editor at Conflict Management and Peace Science.  Previously, he was a professor of political science and public policy at UNC Charlotte. Professor Conrad received his Ph.D. from Florida State University and a master’s degree from UCLA.