• International Security (terrorism, foreign fighter, al qaeda, biotechnology, bioterrorism, weapon of mass destruction, homeland security, biosecurity, ethics, ethics)
  • United States politics (Congress, US elections,)



  • David Malet is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Associate Director for Academic Programs of the Melbourne School of Government.
    Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2012, Dr. Malet was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he served as the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Homeland Security, establishing the Certificate and Minor programs in Homeland Security Studies, and then as the inaugural Director of the interdisciplinary University Honors Program. 

    From 2000 to 2003 he served as a defence and foreign policy Research Assistant to United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He has also worked or interned for United States Representative Ruben Hinojosa, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, The Attorney General of New South Wales, The Rendon Group, United States Senator John Kerry, and United States Representative Howard Berman. 

    His first book, Foreign Fighters , (Oxford University Press, 2013) examines transnational recruitment and mobilisation by insurgent groups. His research in this area has been incorporated by organisations including the Australian Army Land Warfare Centre and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and he is a regular media commentator on this topic for Time, Al Jazeera, ABC, NPR and others. 

    He is currently completing a new book manuscript which examines the impact of emerging biotechnologies on the ethics of warfare, and co-editing a volume on transnational actors. He is also engaged in studies funded by United States government agencies on the use of social media in risk communications following bioterrorist attacks and of the radicalisation of foreign fighters.


Member of

  • American Political Science Association. Member 2005 -
  • International Studies Association. Member 2005 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Key Investigator, “Understanding American Muslim Converts in the Contexts of Security and Society.” Minerva Initiative, US Department of Defense ($1,127,298), 2014-2017

    Principal Investigator, Risk Communication Strategies in Biological Decontamination: Using Social Media to Build Trust. US Environmental Protection Agency-National Homeland Security Research Center ($375,000), 2011-2014. 


Education and training

  • PhD, The George Washington University 2009
  • MA, Georgetown University 1999
  • BS, Boston University 1998
  • BA, Boston University 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently interested in supervising topics related to: 

    Transnational politics
    Identity, social networks and social media
    Armed militant groups
    United States domestic and foreign policy
    Technology and warfare