Paul C. Avey has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Avey is one of 16 new faculty members this fall at the college. This year’s hires enhance existing program strengths and increase the college’s national profile across the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences.

“Faculty excellence is at the heart of Virginia Tech’s ability to succeed,” Dean Elizabeth Spiller said. "I am very pleased to welcome such a gifted and transformative group of scholars, artists, and teachers to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences."

Avey’s research areas are nuclear politics, U.S. foreign policy, and international relations theory. He will be teaching introduction to world politics, national security, and national security strategy.

Avey was recently published in International Studies Quarterly and International Security, has an article forthcoming in Securities Studies, and is working on a book exploring why states that do not have nuclear weapons get into conflicts with those that do.

Avey holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. He was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.