Aaron Gold is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Sewanee: The University of the South. His research and teaching interests are international relations, conflict processes, security studies, maritime security, inter-state conflict, and terrorism.
His current main project, "Maritime Law Enforcement in the Indo-Pacific: Building Capacity to Confront Militia Groups and Maritime Crime" is funded by a Minerva Research Initiative grant sponsored by the Office of Naval Research at the Department of Defense. The project investigates the relationship between inter-state rivalry and resource competition, local institutional capacity and maritime law enforcement, and the causes of maritime piracy and crime in the Indo-Pacific.
His additional research focuses on how states use external support to non-state actors to engage in conflict with rival states, issues in interstate conflict, and the relationship between minority discrimination and terrorism.
At Sewanee, he teaches courses in world politics, international conflict, international security, international political economy, and comparative politics. His work is currently published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, and Marine Policy.