Caverley's current research examines the distribution of the
costs of security within democracies, and its contribution to
military aggressiveness. He also studies the globalization of
the defense industry, and its implications for proliferation
and American influence. His newest project explores
civil-military relations during small wars.
He co-chairs the Working Group on Security Studies at the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies.
the 2013-14 academic year he will be on leave as a residential
fellow at the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington,
research has been supported by the Kellogg Dispute Resolution
Research Center, the Buffett Center's Crown Family Middle East
Research Fund; the International Security Program at the
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard
University; the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; and the
Program in International Security Policy, University of
Professor Caverley previously served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University, where he taught undergraduate classes in Naval Engineering and in Leadership and Management. He has consulted for the RAND Corporation, where he helped develop scenarios for responding to a biological weapons attack in East Asia.
His Ph.D. and M.P.P. are from the University of Chicago, and he received his A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.