Paul Max Love III

Instructor of Social Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MIS North Carolina State University; PhD University of California, Irvine

Research Areas: European Union; common security and defence policy; European strategic autonomy; strategic culture; computer-assisted text analysis

Paul Love holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of International Studies from North Carolina State University. He completed his graduate studies with a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Irvine, specializing in international relations theory and comparative politics. In his research, he examines the role of Europe as a security actor in the post-Cold War era, especially against the backdrop of events such as the Global Financial Crisis and Brexit. He offers a nuanced view of European strategic culture, arguing that it is not merely a sum of national subcultures but a complex, emergent entity shaped by the interaction of many subcultures. This perspective differs from conventional models that focus on dominant subcultures, suggesting instead an approach that considers both dominant and latent influences, leading to a more detailed understanding of Europe's strategic decision-making processes. His methodological approach involves unsupervised topic modeling of a large dataset of over 300,000 EU documents. By categorizing these topics into cultural dimensions and creating period-specific profiles, he has identified insights into the EU's strategic behavior during periods of crisis.

Love's latest research explores the European Digital Markets Act's and the Digital Services Act's implications for security and defense. This research area is crucial to understanding the intersection of digital policy and security. His research also extends to how strategic subcultural interactions affect broader transnational security communities, focusing on transnational government networks. He emphasizes using free, open-source software in his work to promote research transparency and collaboration. His research is an important contribution to understanding European strategic culture, its role in global security, and the challenges arising in digital policy.