Julia Santucci

Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies, Director of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum

Julia M. Santucci is senior lecturer in intelligence studies and Director of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches graduate-level courses and leads GSPIA's research and teaching efforts to develop leadership skills in the next generation of public officials. Santucci has over a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions, having served at the White House, State Department, and CIA.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to American Intelligence
  • Intelligence Analysis and Support to U.S. Foreign Policymakers
  • Politics, Development, and Conflict in the Middle East

    Education & Training

  • MA in Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
  • BA in History, University of Dayton
Recent Publications
  • “The Future is Here: Appreciating and Developing the Next Generation of Leaders,” Leader to Leader, Spring 2021. 
  • Julia M., Regina Waugh, and Hallie Schneir, “Gender and Right-Wing Extremism in America: Why Understanding Women’s Roles is Key to Preventing Future Acts of Domestic Terrorism,” Just Security, March 5, 2021
  • “Gender Equality as a National Security Priority,” Center for a New American Security, Voices from the Field Series, September 15, 2017.
  • “Back Leadership on Human Rights, Poverty Aid,” The Pittsburgh Catholic, June 9, 2017.
  • “Countering Violent Extremism Means Countering Gender Inequality,” War on the Rocks, December 16, 2015.
Research Interests
  • Middle East
  • U.S. government
  • National security
  • Intelligence community
  • State department
  • Women’s issues