Jonathan Huang

Doctoral Candidate

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Jonathan Huang is currently a doctoral candidate in International Affairs, Science, and Technology at Georgia Institute of Technology. His academic interests include international relations theory, international security, science and technology policy, international ethics, and East Asian and European politics. His research concerns the security applications and implications of emerging technologies and is largely motivated by three interrelated issues: 1) how and why do emerging technologies impact and challenge existing understandings of armed conflicts, 2) what strategies do states employ to understand their technological choices regarding emerging military technologies, and 3) how do states react to and manage the various risks and opportunities such technologies present. In particular, he has focused on the political, ethical, and military implications of the scientific research and technological advancements in the broad fields characterized as cognitive science and neuroscience.

As a doctoral candidate, Jonathan studies the question why do some nascent areas of S&T attract military’s interest and investment over others. In his dissertation, titled “Scientific Feasibility, Requirements Stringency, and Technology Alternatives: Explaining Military Investments in Emerging Technologies as a First-Mover,” he examines the ways that scientific opinions and technical requirements shape military R&D investments in emerging technologies. His other research has been published in Politics and the Life Sciences, Issues and Studies, and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

In addition to his academic research, Jonathan has designed and taught courses in security studies and international relations. He has completed the NSF-funded Tech to Teaching program at Georgia Tech and has received the Advanced Certificate in Higher Education from Georgia Tech's CETL (Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning). He worked as a researcher and conducted technology foresight studies with The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, and he has participated in UCSD-IGCC’s Summer Training Workshop on the Relationship between National Security and Technology in China and American University’s New Era Foreign Policy conference.

Prior to being married to his academic books and claiming a permanent residency in the Habersham building, Jonathan did live in the real world, where he worked at the Carter Center, Alliance Française of Atlanta, and the Southern Center for International Studies. He has experience playing in musical ensembles and designing lights for professional theatrical productions. Outside his academic pursuits, Jonathan is an oenophile and enjoys traveling. Jonathan received his MS in International Affairs from Georgia Tech and BA in International Studies and Economics/History from Emory University, where he studied international conflict resolution and researched on the transformations of Chinese historiography.

Faculty Advisor:
Margaret E. Kosal


  • Asia (East)
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Weapons and Security
  • Armed Conflict
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Governance
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • National Security
  • Science and Technology


  • INTA-1110: Intro to Int'l Relations
  • INTA-4050: Int'l Affair&Tech Policy
  • INTA-6753: Comp Science&Tech Policy

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Journal Articles

  • Security Implications and Governance of Cognitive Neuroscience Research: Results from an Ethnographic Survey of Researchers
    Date: July 2015

    In recent years, significant efforts have been made toward elucidating the potential of the human brain. Spanning fields as disparate as psychology, biomedicine, computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, and chemistry, research venturing into the growing domains of cognitive neuroscience and brain research has become fundamentally interdisciplinary. Among the most interesting and consequential applications to international security are the military and defense community’s interests in the potential of cognitive neuroscience findings and technologies. In the United States, multiple governmental agencies are actively pursuing such endeavors, including the Department of Defense, which has invested over $3 billion in the last decade to conduct research on defense-related innovations. This study explores governance and security issues surrounding cognitive neuroscience research with regard to potential security-related applications and reports scientists’ views on the role of researchers in these areas through a survey of over 200 active cognitive neuroscientists.

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