Brian K. Muzás, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations
Focused on security, defense systems, and ethics, I study the impact of religious cultural heritage on nuclear choices.
Brian Keenan Muzás never outgrew his childhood love of planes and
rockets. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S.E. in mechanical and
aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1996. Although a
graduate-level course in energy and environmental policy at Princeton's
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs foreshadowed
his future enrollment in the doctoral program at the Lyndon B. Johnson
School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, he first
used a National Science Foundation Fellowship to obtain an M.S. in
aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 1998. He then
entered seminary. After receiving an M.Div. in pastoral ministry, an
M.A. in systematic theology, and two John Paul II Medals for academic
accomplishment at Seton Hall University, Father Muzás was ordained a
Catholic priest in 2003. Assigned to a parish, Father Muzás used his
days off variously to teach computer science at Seton Hall or to serve
as co-chairman of an NGO conference committee at the United Nations.
In 2007 Father Muzás was assigned to the priest community at Seton
Hall University where he served for a year as a full-time adjunct in the
School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Despite such
well-rounded activities, it was a Harrington Fellowship that ultimately
allowed Father Muzás to pursue scholarship at UT Austin that drew on all
aspects of his background; he graduated with his Ph.D. in Public Policy
Father Muzás' research interests include international security,
defense systems, and ethics, and he is currently exploring how religious
cultural heritage has influenced nuclear decisions in the past in order
to better understand similar issues today.
Father Muzás has taught courses in international conflict and
security, comparative foreign policy, and sustainable development at
Seton Hall; this year, in addition to teaching in the undergraduate core
curriculum, he is offering a variety of graduate and undergraduate
courses in human security, international relations theory, statecraft,
and nuclear weapons in the international system.
- Ph.D. in Public Policy, The University of Texas at Austin
- M.A. in Theology and M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry, Seton Hall University
- M.S. in Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
- B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
- Doctoral Fellow, Donald D. Harrington Endowment, The University of Texas at Austin (2008-2013).
- Dissertation Completion Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin (2013).
- Winner, John Paul II Medal for Highest Academic Achievement, M.A. Program, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University (2003).
- Winner, John Paul II Medal for Highest Academic Achievement, M.Div. Program, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University (2003).
- Winner, Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety Award for Research in Church History (1998-1999).
- Winner, Médaille Pierre CONTENSOU, Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France, 47th Congress, International Astronautical Federation, Beijing, China (1996).
- Student Representative, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 47th Congress, International Astronautical Federation, Beijing, China (1996).
- National Science Foundation Fellowship, California Institute of Technology (1996-1998).
- McDonnell-Douglas Scholar, Princeton University (1995-1996).