Max Smeets

Max Smeets, DPhil

Postdoctoral Cybersecurity Fellow


Stanford University

Encina Hall, E212

Stanford, CA 94305-6165

(650) 725-5364 (voice)

Research Interests

Cyber proliferation | Offensive cyber capabilities | Nonproliferation | Emerging technologies


Max Smeets is a cybersecurity postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He is also a non-resident cybersecurity policy fellow at New America.

Max's current book project focuses on the causes underlying cyber proliferation and restraint. The results of his research are valuable for understanding the likely changes in the future prevalence of cyber weapons. It clarifies to what degree this is an ‘inevitable’ development – and if/how it can be stopped.

Max was awarded the annual 2018 Amos Perlmutter Prize of the Journal of Strategic Studies for the most outstanding essay submitted for publication by a junior faculty member. In 2015, he also received the Young Writers Award of the German Marshall Fund, for an article written together with George Bogden. 

Max was previously a College Lecturer in Politics at Keble College, University of Oxford. He has held research positions at  Oxford Cyber Studies ProgrammeColumbia University SIPA, Sciences Po CERI, and NATO CCD COE.

He holds an undergraduate degree from University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, an M.Phil (Brasenose College) and DPhil (St. John's College) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.