Nicholas Grossman

  • Affiliate, Politics and Policy Research Program
  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science
  • Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Department of Political Science


Nicholas Grossman is a lecturer in political science, teaching classes on terrorism and insurgency; national security policy; and 21st century technology and warfare, primarily robotic systems. He joined the UI faculty in 2013 after received his PhD from the University of Maryland. His research focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly known as drones) and how robotic technology affects the strategies of both sides in asymmetric warfare. He is also a frequent contributor to Arc Digital (, primarily writing on American foreign policy and national security.

Research Interests

  • Drones and other robotic systems
  • Asymmetric conflict (terrorism, insurgency, guerrilla warfare, etc.)
  • National and international security policy
  • International relations of the Middle East

Educational Background

  • PhD, International Relations, University of Maryland, 2013
  • B.A., College of Social Sciences, Wesleyan University, 2003