About the Center

The Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology (CSINT) at the School of International Service at American University is an interdisciplinary research hub designed to address the wide-ranging impacts of new technologies and non-traditional threats. Our participants are experts in fields ranging from cyber security, great power conflict, malicious nonstate actors, climate impacts, global health security, data analytics, and technological innovation. The center engages students, faculty, and professionals in cross-cultural dialogue on the advantages and disadvantages of emerging technologies across the globe. We are committed to a balanced, forward-thinking approach that fosters serious engagement about the future impacts of technology across a broad spectrum of fields.

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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). In addition to many articles and book chapters on intelligence and strategy, he writes a regular column at War on the Rocks. Dr. Rovner is the Managing Editor of H-Diplo's International Security Studies Forum, and Deputy Editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies. 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. (regan@american.edu)

Associated Faculty

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


Research Associates

Hannah Chesterton

2021 Summer Interns

Nicholas Davis 

Nicholas is a graduate student in the Global Governance, Politics, and Security Program, concentrating in global security. A graduate of Oregon State University, his main research areas of interest revolve around issues of misinformation and active measures operations, irregular warfare, and strategic power competition and the evolution of grand strategy in the 21st century. 

Monica Middleton 

Monica is a graduate student in the the Global Governance, Politics, and Security Program. She works as a Teacher’s Assistant for AU and is the Communications Director for the Journal of International Service. Monica has two bachelor’s degrees, one from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and the second from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan.


2021-2022 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. 

Harrison Brooks

Harrison Brooks is a current graduate student in the School of International Service's Global Governance, Politics, and Security program. He is specializing in global security, intelligence, and cybersecurity. His interests include exploring the potential implications of AI and quantum computing for intelligence, warfare, and global competition.

Noah Gibbs

Noah Gibbs is a graduate student in the School of International Service’s International Affairs Policy and Analysis program. His research interests include security in outer space, nuclear strategy, and the role of gender in international affairs. 

Edgar Palomino

Edgar Palomino is a Research Associate with the Internet Governance Lab and a graduate student in the School of International Service's International Affairs & Policy Analysis program. His research interests include blockchain policy, technology standardization, and competition within emerging markets. He recently returned from Peace Corps service in the Republic of Moldova.

Kyle Sallee

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

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 Artic securitization and the strategic logic of drone warfare.

Christian Wickert

Christian Wickert is a current graduate student in the International Service program. An engineer, MBA, and expert in strategic planning, he started his career as a software programmer, worked in a range of industries, and then focused on regulation leading him to join the businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, where he works in Corporate Affairs & Policy. 

Pragya Jain

Pragya Jain is an undergraduate junior studying International Relations with a minor in Data Science. She has an interest in how emerging technologies can greatly change global relations. Her research focuses include clean energy and technology as well as the implications artificial intelligence will have on humanity.