Samuel Greene, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Dr. Samuel Greene is an Assistant Professor at the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to coming to NDC, he taught at Howard Payne University in Texas and served as a Research Assistant at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Dr. Greene holds a Doctorate in Politics from the Catholic University of America, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and a bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from George Fox University. Dr. Greene’s primary research interest is the study of democratic transitions and consolidation in new democracies.

He has published on elections in El Salvador and Nicaragua as well as democratization in Afghanistan in outlets such as Electoral Studies, the online version of the Journal of Democracy, and the Defense and Technology Papers series at the National Defense University. His current research considers comparative lessons from cases of successful and unsuccessful democratization in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. He is also co-authoring a manuscript on EU military capabilities.

Dr. Greene has taught widely in international relations, comparative politics, and American politics at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is fluent in Spanish and can conduct research in a number of romance languages. Dr. Greene  was a Cambridge Overseas Trust scholar and a recipient of the Lord Morris of Borth-y-Gest Scholarship from Trinity Hall, Cambridge during his time in England. While at Catholic University, he received the university's Arts and Sciences Scholarship. Dr. Greene and his wife Elisabeth reside in Alexandria, Virginia.  When he is not engaged in teaching and research, Dr. Greene enjoys playing and coaching football (soccer), and exploring used bookshops and new culinary delights with his wife.