Frank L. Smith III

Political Science. Technology. International Security.

I am a senior lecturer with the Centre for International Security Studies and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. In addition, I am a co-founder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network, though which I directed the Indo-Pacific Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.

My research and teaching examine how social and political institutions mediate the relationship between technology and international security. The origins and applications of technology – tools – interest me, and I analyze the interplay of these tools with survival and statecraft.

I am particularly interested in biosecurity and cybersecurity. Among other topics, these include military and civilian biodefense, global governance during outbreaks of infectious diseases, the impact of quantum computing on international relations, and defense cooperation in cyberspace.

My time is split between Australia and the United States. Prior to Sydney, I was a research fellow with the Griffith Asia Institute, as well as a pre-doctoral fellow with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. More recently, I have been a visiting scholar with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley, and with the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs. I received my PhD in political science and BS in biological chemistry, both from the University of Chicago.


A copy of my CV is available here