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Clay Moltz, Ph.D.

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(831) 656-1039
Office Address:
Glasgow Hall, Room 394


Space, Nuclear Strategy, East Asia, Russia


James Clay Moltz is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also serves as the Associate Chair for Research and Director of the Center on Contemporary Conflict and the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction.  His recent books include Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space (Columbia University Press, 2014), Asia's Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks (Columbia University Press, 2012), and The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests (Stanford University Press, 2011 and 2008).  He is also co-author of Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation (ABC-CLIO, 2007 and 2002) and editor of other volumes on nuclear policy.  From 1993 to 1998, he served as founding editor of The Nonproliferation Review. Prof. Moltz holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. and B.A. (with Distinction) from Stanford University.  He worked previously in the U.S. Senate, at the University of California at San Diego, and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies' Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where he served as deputy director.  He has been an advisor to the NASA-Ames Research Center and to the U.S. Department of Energy and has provided expert testimony on space and nuclear issues before the U.S. Congress.  Professor Moltz's many academic articles have been published in such journals as Asian Survey Current History, the Journal of Contemporary China, Nature, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and World Politics. His Op-Eds have appeared in such newspapers as the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  At NPS, his honors include the 2010 Richard W. Hamming Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement and the 2015 Carl E. and Jesse W. Menneken Award for Significant Research and Sustained Contributions to the Navy and the Department of Defense.  

Teaching Interests:

Space and International Security

Nuclear Weapons and National Strategies

Security in Northeast Asia

International Relations