GSPIA Faculty Named Affiliate Scholars of Pitt Cyber Institute

Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security announced its inaugural cohort of 24 renowned Pitt affiliate faculty which includes six GSPIA professors.  The affiliate scholars represent a wide range of professional and scholarly research interests. They include counterterrorism experts, computer science technologists, foreign policy analysts, information security professionals, legal scholars and other thought leaders. As affiliate scholars, the chosen faculty will continue to make strides in their respective fields of study while collaborating within Pitt Cyber. The following GSPIA faculty members comprise the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security’s inaugural affiliate scholars:

Michael Kenney , Associate Professor and the Program Director of International Affairs

Michael Kenney is the author of From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation and the co-editor of Organizational Learning in the Global Context. Dr. Kenney has published numerous academic journal articles on terrorism, Islamist militancy, and transnational organized crime in Survival, Orbis, Terrorism and Political Violence, Global Crime, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, among other publications.

Lisa Nelson, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs

Lisa Nelson holds a PhD and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison and specializes in the field of science, technology, and society. She was a co‐principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to explore the societal perceptions of biometric technology.  This research is published in America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society (MIT, 2011). She has also written several articles in journals including I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Public Administration Review, and the University of Chicago Policy Review. 

Michael Poznansky, Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Intelligence Studies

Michael Poznansky is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Intelligence Studies at GSPIA. His current research explores the role that secrecy and deception play in world politics. Prior to joining GSPIA, Professor Poznansky was a research fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Julia Santucci, Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies and the Director of the Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs

Julia M. Santucci has over a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions.  She most recently served as a Senior Advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, where she worked to advance gender equality as a core U.S. foreign policy priority.  This included work to integrate women's issues into U.S. efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism globally.  

Phil Williams, Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Studies

Phil Williams is the Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Studies and the director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. Dr. Williams has published extensively in the field of international security, including the books "Crisis Management" (Wiley, 1976), "The Senate and U.S. Troops in Europe" (St. Martin's Press, 1986), and, with Mike Bowker, "Superpower Detente: A Reappraisal"(Sage Publications Ltd, 1987). During the last 16 years, his research has focused primarily on transnational organized crime, and he has written articles on various aspects of this subject in the journals "Survival," "Washington Quarterly," "The Bulletin on Narcotics," "Crime Law and Social Change," and "International Peacekeeping," as well as in "Scientific American." In addition, Williams was founding editor of the journal Transnational Organized Crime and has edited several publications on combating organized crime and the trafficking of women.

Sera Linardi, Assistant Professor

Sera Linardi joined GSPIA in 2010 after receiving her PhD in Social Science from California Institute of Technology. Before pursuing her graduate degree, she was a computer scientist at the Core Technology group at Adobe Systems in San Jose, CA, working on the PDF language. She has received research grants and fellowships from NYU-Abu Dhabi, the Hewlett Foundation, Integrative Social Science Research Initiative, Jeffrey Mora Endowed Faculty Resource Fund, and Caltech Social and Information Sciences Laboratory.

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