CISA Faculty Expertise

CISA's faculty is uniquely positioned between academia and government, and focus on topics such as international security studies, irregular warfare, non-state actors, and combating terrorism. Our students learn to think strategically and to operate effectively in the complexity of the 21st century security environment. Below a sample of areas of expertise within the CISA Faculty. To learn more, you may view the full biographies on the "About" tab or click here.

CISA Faculty Expertise (By Region)

Africa

  • Dr. Sean McFate    
  • Dr. Matthew Dearing
  • AMB Erica Barks-Ruggles
  • Dr. Russell Burgos - Sub-Saharan

Asia - Pacific

  • Dr. Jay M. Parker
  • Dr. Peter Thompson

South Asia

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Matthew Dearing
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov (India and Pakistan)
  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • Lieutenant Colonel Darryl "Butch" Woolfolk

Central Asia

  • Dr. Matthew Dearing
  • Dr. Geoffrey Gresh
  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • CDR Kyle Taylor (Afghanistan) 
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov 

Eurasia

  • Dr. Erica Marat - Former Soviet States
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith III - (Russia, Ukraine, and the Caucasus)
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov - (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and the Caucasus)
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova - Russia, Ukraine

Europe

  • Dr. Andrew Novo - Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III - East Europe
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov (Eastern Europe and the Balkans)
  • Dr. Kathryn Fisher    

Middle East

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Geoffrey Gresh
  • Dr. Andrew Novo - Israel and Palestine
  • Dr. Russell Burgos

Latin America

  • AMB Kevin Whitaker
  • Dr. Craig Deare - Mexico and U.S. - Mexican relations
  • Mr. John T. McNamara

CISA Faculty Expertise (By Function)

Political Economy  

  • Dr. Peter Thompson
  • CDR Kyle Taylor
  • Dr. Matthew Dearing

Civil-Military Affairs

  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • Dr. Sean McFate    
  • Dr. Jay M. Parker
  • Mr. John T. McNamara
  • LTC David P. Oakley, Ph.D.

Democracy and Security

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Lieutenant Colonel Darryl "Butch" Woolfolk 

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  • Dr. Thomas Marks   
  • Dr. Kathryn Fisher    
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. David Ucko

U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy, and International Relations   

  • Dr. R.E. Burnett
  • Dr. Geoffrey Gresh
  • Dr. Sean McFate
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Jay Parker
  • Dr. Russell Burgos
  • Dr. Peter Thompson
  • Mr. John T. McNamara
  • LTC David P. Oakley, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Kathryn Fisher    

Transnational Organized Crime

  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • Dr. Craig Deare
  • Colonel Rebecca Welch
  • Mr. John T. McNamara

Ethnic Conflict

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova
  • Lieutenant Colonel Darryl "Butch" Woolfolk

Counterinsurgency

  • Dr. Thomas Marks
  • Dr. David Ucko
  • Mr. John T. McNamara

NATO and Trans-Atlantic Relations

  • Ms. Carolyne Davidson  
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Peter Thompson

Transitioning States

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration

  • Dr. David Ucko
  • Dr. Sean McFate 

Military History

  • Dr. Christopher Bassford
  • Dr. Andrew Novo

Strategic Thought

  • Dr. Christopher Bassford

Peacebuilding

  • Dr. David Ucko
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III

Migration and Refugees

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Kathryn Fisher    

Military and the Media

  • Dr. Jay Parker

Nuclear Deterrence and Nuclear Disarmament

  • Lieutenant Colonel Darryl "Butch" Woolfolk

Intelligence

  • LTC David P. Oakley, Ph.D.