Lewis Griffith

Lewis K. Griffith

Teaching Professor; Associate Dean, Academic Prog; Director of International Security

Professional Biography

Lewis K. Griffith holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Graduate School of International Studies (now the Korbel School), University of Denver. Specializing in the area of security studies, Dr. Griffith has done significant independent research, to include published work, in the areas of weapons proliferation, humanitarian intervention, and the implications of globalization on the state security policies of non-Western states. While completing his Ph.D., Dr. Griffith also held a number of academic and educational administrative positions, serving as the Project Director of the intercollegiate Rocky Mountain Model United Nations, the Project Director for the Colorado World Affairs Challenge, as well as serving as the Conference Coordinator for the ISSS/ISAC National Conference in 2000. He joined the faculty at Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in 2003 where he served as a Course Director for the Strategy and Warfare Course and the Inter/National Security Course before being named the Department Chair of the Joint Warfighting Department where he oversaw three core ACSC courses, three planning exercises/war-games, a number of external exchange programs, and approximately 30 faculty. Also at ACSC, Dr. Griffith taught the War on Terror research elective and was the all school lecturer on globalization, terrorism, economics and national security, nuclear deterrence, effects based operations, stability and reconstruction operations, as well as the role of the geographic combatant commands in US defense policy and planning. Prior to ACSC, Dr. Griffith served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado-Denver, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Dr. Griffith is regularly invited to speak on a wide range of international and national security related topics to include serving from 2005-2010 as an adjunct professor to the Ira A Eaker College where he lectured regularly on US National Security and Defense Policy. In the fall of 2010, Lewis joined the faculty of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver where he teaches across the security studies curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and is currently the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Programs.


  • Ph.D., International Studies, University of Denver, 2003
  • MA, International Studies, University of Denver, 1997
  • BA, Political Science/International Relations -- Double, University of Memphis, 1993