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CSINT Fellows Program

CSINT is an interdisciplinary research hub at American University that addresses both traditional and non-traditional security questions, placing particular emphasis on the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies. The CSINT Fellows Program offers the opportunity to help drive the activities of our research Center while gaining professional, research, publishing, and networking experience. The program provides an open, supportive, and collaborative setting allowing for Fellows to participate in events and research workshops, write briefs and blog articles for publication on the CSINT website, and help to identify and interact with professionals in the field for purposes of events, interviews, and research. The CSINT Fellows Program is a competitive, unpaid opportunity open to graduate level students. The application process opens toward the end of each spring term and is announced on our social media channels and via our website. Follow CSINT on twitter for updates.

2022-2023 CSINT Fellows

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Divya Ramjee is a doctoral candidate and adjunct instructor at American University in Washington, D.C., in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology. My research interests include cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime, NLP and text analysis, and statistical methodology. 

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Awards & Honors:

  • 2021 Gill Family Foundation Scholarship Award Winner 

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Headshot of Taylar RajicTaylar Rajic is a current 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. 

Headshot of Jake SepichJake 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.

Headshot of Caroline ThompsonCaroline 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.

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U.S. Practices for Technology-Sharing and Security Assistance

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Regulating Synthetic Biology Practices

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2021-2022 CSINT Fellows

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Divya Ramjee is a doctoral candidate and adjunct instructor at American University in Washington, D.C., in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology. My research interests include cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime, NLP and text analysis, and statistical methodology. 

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Awards & Honors:

  • 2021 Gill Family Foundation Scholarship Award Winner 

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Media Presence and Speaking Engagements: 

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Harrison Brooks is a recent graduate of the School of International Service's Global Governance, Politics, and Security program. He specialized in global security, intelligence, and cybersecurity. Harrison is interested in exploring the potential implications of artificial intelligence and quantum computing for intelligence, warfare, and global competition.

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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.

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1 Nov 2021: "Policy Analysis: A New (Cold) Front in Polar Intelligence? Trends and Implications of Technology- Enabled Monitoring in the Arctic" - Journal of Science Policy & Governance; Kathryn Urban

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Edgar Palomino is a recent graduate of American University where he served as a Fellow at the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology and as a Research Associate with the Internet Governance Lab. He studied emerging technologies as part of the International Affairs & Policy Analysis program. His research interests include blockchain policy, technology standardization, and competition within emerging markets. Previously, he was involved in Peace Corps service in the Republic of Moldova, where he promoted technology skills as a Community Development Volunteer.

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Christian Wickert is a current graduate student in the Masters in International Service program. An engineer, MBA, and expert in strategic planning, Christian Wickert started his career as a software programmer in a garage in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He then worked in a range of industries, from treasury risk management to strategy consulting, from telecommunications to an NGO active in digital education and sustainability. He then focused on regulation, negotiating with governments and ministries, which led to him joining the businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 2015, where he works in Corporate Affairs and Policy, based in Washington, DC. Christian has also provided a TED talk on how fiction can help us better understand our reality.

 

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Emerging Scholars on Emerging Technologies: A Research and Teaching Workshop

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A Glance at the Security of Blockchain Technology

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Advancing Digital Agency:

The Power of Data Intermediaries

Co-Authored by: Christian Wickert

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Government & Politics ·

A Whole-of-Government Approach to Climate Change: Assessing DoD’s Role

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Technology ·

Book Review - The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones

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The Relationship between Sextortion during COVID-19

and Pre-pandemic Intimate Partner Violence

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Government & Politics ·

Book Review of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War

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How do satellites help us track climate change?

By: Kathryn Urban

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Quantum Computers:

Opportunities, Risks, and Challenges for Policymakers

By: Harrison W. Brooks

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Getting a Handle on Blockchain

By: Edgar Palomino

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Technology ·

Book Review - Custodians of the Internet

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Policy Analysis: A New (Cold) Front in Polar Intelligence?

Trends and Implications of Technology- Enabled Monitoring in the Arctic

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Book Review - The Kill Chain: Defending American in the Future of High-Tech Warfare

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2020-2021 CSINT Fellows

Divya Ramjee entered the 2020-21 Fellows program as a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. Her research interests included cybercrime and intellectual property crime; biotechnology; and the application of machine learning methodologies in the fields of criminology, law, and security.

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Chelsea Corum entered the 2020-21 Fellows program as a first year AU Graduate student in the International Affairs Policy and Analysis Program at SIS.  Her research interests included cyber security and artificial intelligence.

Nicholas Iacobuzio entered the 2020-21 Fellows program as a graduate student in American University's US Foreign Policy and National Security program, where he concentrated in cybersecurity and intelligence.

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Headshot of Pragya JainPragya Jain entered the 2020-21 Fellows program as an undergraduate sophomore studying International Relations with a minor in Data Science. She expressed an interest in how emerging technologies can greatly change global relations. Her research focuses included clean energy and technology as well as the implications artificial intelligence will have on humanity.

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Kyle Sallee entered the 2020-21 Fellows program as a graduate student in the School of International Service’s U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security program. Kyle was exploring the impacts of Chinese and Russian state-owned nuclear corporations on the proliferation of nuclear energy within Eurasia and Africa.

CSINT Publications: 

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Encryption:

A Tradeoff Between User Privacy and National Security

By: Pragya Jain

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Decoding Hate:

Understanding the Far-Right Symbology of January 6

By: Kyle Sallee

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Social Media Needs a Refresh

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Technology ·

AI and the Future of Work in the United States

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Government & Politics ·

Regaining American Competitiveness in the Global Nuclear Power Market

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

A Breeding Ground for Conspiracies:
How QAnon Helped Bring About the U.S. Capitol Assault

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2019-2020 CSINT Fellows

Dongmin (Dan) Lee entered the 2019-20 Fellows program as a graduate student in the School of International Service at American University, working towards his masters degree in the Foreign Policy and National Security program.  

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Robert(Bob) McDonald entered the 2019-20 Fellows program as a graduate student in the School of International Service at American University, working towards his masters degree in the Global Governance, program.  

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Nicholas Winstead entered the 2019-20 Fellows program as a graduate student in the School of International Service at American University, working towards his masters degree in the Foreign Policy and National Security program.  

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

Hack-Back: Toward A Legal Framework For Cyber Self-Defense

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

The Applications and Implications of Nanotechnology

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

Stopping the Spread:
Surveillance Technology and COVID-19

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

Vulnerabilities in Cybersecurity: U.S. Election Infrastructure

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