Political science Professor Patrick Cottrell has published and taught in the areas of U.S. foreign policy, international law and global governance, international security in a post-9/11 world, and weapons of mass destruction and arms control. He is currently writing a book about crisis and change in global security institutions. Other ongoing projects include experimental forms of governance in transnational issues such as WMD proliferation and human trafficking; legitimacy, grand strategy and U.S. foreign policy.
His publications have also analyzed the political power of the International Olympic Committee.
Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Dr. Cottrell served with the U.S. Department of State in the Bureaus of Political–Military Affairs and Nonproliferation, most recently as principal coordinator for the G-8 Nonproliferation Experts Group and as Bureau liaison to intelligence and defense communities. As a Presidential Management Fellow, he conducted detail assignments on the Secretary’s policy planning staff; the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong as the environment, science and technology officer.
Cottrell has been quoted in newspapers in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East, including a guest editorial in The Christian Science Monitor. He teaches political science at Linfield College.