Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin is one of the world’s leading experts on security and how conflicts end earning her the honored title of Distinguished Professor at American University. Her career incorporates experience in both academic and policy positions, both in the US and abroad. Before joining American University in 2016, she was founding Director of the International Security Program at George Mason University. Previously, she worked as a Specialist in Terrorism at the Congressional Research Service, advising Members of Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. She also held a number of positions in the US executive branch, including in the office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, and was Director of Studies for Oxford University’s Changing Character of War program. She has been Chairman of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and a frequent speaker at the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos. She is the author of dozens of articles and numerous books, notably including How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2009).


Joshua Rovner is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University. Dr. Rovner is the author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011); and the co-editor of Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the 21st Century (Columbia University Press, 2018); and Chaos Reconsidered: The Liberal Order and the Future of International Politics (Columbia University Press, 2023). In addition to many articles and book chapters on intelligence and strategy, he writes a regular column at War on the Rocks. In 2018 and 2019 he served as Scholar-in-Residence at the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command

Program Specialist

Jess Regan coordinates and manages projects and activities within the center. Her diverse background in higher education, non-profit work, and the digital arts allows her to provide a myriad of support to the Center through various channels including design work, content development, event planning, and general program management. (

Associated Faculty

Earl Anthony Wayne Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Diplomat in Residence SIS - School of International Service

Research Associates


2022-2023 CSINT Fellows

Divya Ramjee, Senior Fellow

Divya Ramjee is a doctoral candidate and adjunct instructor at American University in Washington, D.C., in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. Her research interests include cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime, NLP and text analysis, and statistical methodology. 

Taylar Rajic

Taylar Rajic is a graduate student in the School of International Service's International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, specializing in International Negotiation and Peacebuilding in Eastern Europe. Her research interests include emerging threats in irregular warfare and adapting policy and military strategy to account for the changing landscapes in conflict zones. 

Jake Sepich

Jake Sepich is a current graduate student in the School of International Service’s United States Foreign Policy and National Security program. Their research interests include cybersecurity, both in its ethics and how it will affect the future of warfare.

Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson is currently pursuing a MA in US Foreign Policy and National Security focusing on emerging technologies and cybersecurity with an interest in biotech, big data, and artificial intelligence. 

Kathryn Urban

Kathryn Urban is a current graduate student in the School of International Service’s Global Governance, Politics, and Security program. Her research interests include Arctic securitization and the strategic logic of drone warfare.

2022 Summer Intern

Jack Cook

Jack Cook is a current graduate student in the School of International Service's Global Governance, Politics, and Security program. Regionally, he is interested in the geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa. Academically, his interests include cyber operations, counter-terrorism, and 21st century authoritarianism.