Doyle Hodges

Non-Resident Graduate Student Associate

Doyle Hodges is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Security Studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His dissertation focuses on the causes and implications of military legalism—military officers relying on legal norms and principles rather than the principles of military professionalism to justify decisions regarding the use of force. In addition to his dissertation work, he researches and writes on defense policy analysis and civil-military relations. He serves as the co-director for the Strategic Education Initiative of Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies, and is a volunteer leader with Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, which focuses on ways in which veterans can continue to serve after taking off their uniforms. Before coming to Princeton, Hodges spent 21 years as a US Naval officer, retiring at the rank of Commander. During his Naval career, he commanded two ships, ran the Seamanship and Navigation Department at the US Naval Academy, and served as an aide and advisor to senior leaders. A 1992 Naval Academy graduate (B.S., Political Science), he holds an M.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park (1993), an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College (2008), and an M.A. in Public Policy from Princeton University (2015). He and his wife, Emily, have two spoiled dogs.