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Marc Grinberg

Marc Grinberg

Ph.D. Candidate


Marc Grinberg is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. His research focuses on strategies of influence, the causes and consequences of arms transfers and the relationship between political science and policymaking.

His book-style dissertation, “Strategies of Manipulation in the Delegation of Power Politics,” asks how states shape the behavior of their military partners. Leveraging policymaker interviews, historical case studies and quantiative analysis of interstate arms transfers, he argues that states incentivize their partners to help advance particular military objectives by manipulating their capabilities, threat environment and regional balance of power.

In addition to research, Marc has developed and taught three courses for Stanford undergraduates and International Policy Studies Master's students on international relations theory and evidence-based foreign policy design. 

Prior to Stanford, Marc served in the US government as special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State and director (acting), section chief and strategist in the Office of Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Risk at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the US government, he worked as an aide to the Hon. Richard Danzig on the 2008 Obama Campaign, as Program Director and Congressional Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, as a researcher at the institute for Defense Analyses and as Legislative Fellow for Congressman Steve Israel.

Marc earned an M.Phil in Politics at Oxford University in 2008 and an A.B. in Politics at Princeton University in 2005. He is a former Presidential Management Fellow and co-founder of The Public Philosopher, a project seeking to contribute a philosophical perspective to public policy debate.