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. 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. He spent the last year as Scholar-in-Residence at the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Dr. Rovner's research focuses on intelligence and strategy. He 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). His recent scholarship explores issues surrounding new technologies and international security, including offensive cyberspace operations in peace and war, deterrence and emerging nuclear powers, and how the information revolution affects intelligence.

Supporting staff

Jess Regan, Program Specialist 

Jess's 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 program management. (regan@american.edu)

Peter O'Donnell, Graduate Assistant

Peter joins AU with a degree in International Studies and Politics from Centre College. Most recently, he was a Community Outreach Strategist at City of Boston and a US Fulbright Scholar. Peter is a Teaching Assistant and provides general support to the Center.  


2020-2021 CSINT Fellows

Divya Ramjee

AU Doctoral student; Ph.D., Justice, Law & Criminology

Chelsea Corum

AU Graduate student; International Affairs Policy and Analysis Program

Nicholas Iacobuzio 

AU Graduate student; United States Foreign Policy and National Security Program

Kyle Sallee

AU Graduate student; United States Foreign Policy and National Security Program

Pragya Jain

AU Undergraduate student; International Relations


Associated Faculty

Past CSINT Fellows & Interns

2019-2020 CSINT Fellows

  • Dan Lee - SIS, Foreign Policy and National Security
  • Bob McDonald - SIS, Global Governance, Politics, and Security
  • Nick Winstead - SIS, Foreign Policy and National Security

2020 Summer Intern

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  • Reid Barbier - SIS, Foreign Policy and National Security