Joseph E. Vorbach III, 2001

Joseph E. Vorbach III, PhD Before attending Fletcher from 1993 to 1995 as a MALD student, Joseph E. Vorbach III served aboard two ships in the United States Coast Guard (USCG), including as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Point Stuart. After completing his MALD degree, Dr. Vorbach taught international relations and other courses at the USCG Academy from 1995 to 2007, completing his Ph.D. at Fletcher in 2001. As Homeland Security Chair at National Defense University School for National Security Executive Education from 2007 to 2008, Dr. Vorbach worked to develop a blended delivery homeland security strategic studies curriculum for rising leaders across the interagency. Since his retirement from the USCG in 2008, he has been Principal of Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia.

PHD Dissertation

Moving Beyond State-Centric Responses to Transnational Security Threats

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (2)
  • Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3)

Education before Fletcher

  • B.S. in Government, United States Coast Guard Academy, 1987

Experience before Fletcher

  • Commissioned Officer, United States Coast Guard, 1987-2008

Fletcher Fields of Study

  • Security Studies
  • Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization
  • Political Theory


  • English
  • French