Desh Girod 


Associate Professor

 Current Research: Structural Racism (globally and in the United States); Interpretivism; Political Science Ideas in Policy Formulation

Desh Girod (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2008) is an associate professor in the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University and an affiliate with the Department's Conflict Resolution Program and Georgetown's Center for Social Justice. Dr. Girod's research examines how racial projects function globally and in the United States. His work employs interpretive methods. He is currently writing a book, Jim Crow Foreign Policy, on how domestic race politics shaped the rise of the United States as a Great Power in the 1900s. Click here for an abstract of a book-related article. In addition, Dr. Girod is researching the relationship between political science and policy formulation.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Girod developed an early interest in how powerful countries influence less powerful ones. He published his research on foreign aid in periodicals including the American Journal of Political Science and International Organization, as well as his first book, Explaining Post-Conflict Reconstruction, with Oxford University Press.

In 2017-18, Dr. Girod served as President of the Foreign Policy Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2018-2021, he directed the Master's program in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown. In 2020, Out in National Security recognized him as National Security Leader and as an LGBTQIA+ Foreign Policy Expert, and the Diversity in National Security Network recognized him as a Latinx Foreign Policy Expert. Dr. Girod is a transgender man.

Dr. Girod earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2008, an M.Phil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2002, and a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State in 2000. Various institutions have funded his research: the Political Instability Task Force, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Georgetown's College of Arts and Sciences and Office of the Provost, and Stanford's Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The Bunton-Waller Fellowship for underrepresented groups funded his Bachelor of Arts degree, the Mitchell Scholarship funded his M.Phil., and the Harry S. Truman Foundation, Stanford's Political Science Department, and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law funded his Ph.D.