Alumni & Students

As both a Research Assistant and INSCT student, I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with professors who have reached the highest level in their fields and who are experts in intelligence, national security law, and international security policy. The management and policy lessons learned through INSCT’s coursework and events will serve me well in any career field.
—Steven Fantigrossi, MPA ’16
Learning from—and working alongside—premier experts in the field of national security and counterterrorism through INSCT has given me a first-class, innovative, educational experience. The opportunity to travel, collaborate on projects that have actual impact, and participate in contemporary research has prepared me for a future in the field of national security law and policy.
—Andrew Dieselman, JD/MPA ’17
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A March 2017 interview with INSCT alumna Elizabeth Irwin (MPA/MAIR ’14), International Affairs Program Manager at the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, US Department of Homeland Security.

Alumni News

Zach Andersson (MPA/MAIR ’12; Postconflict Reconstruction) currently is Acting Project Director for FHI 360, a nonprofit committed to improving lives through health, education, nutrition, and the environment, which operates in 60 countries.

A 2015 MAIR and CAS in Security Studies graduate, Chris Conrad is Technology and Training Coordinator for the International Justice Mission, a nonprofit dedicated to ending slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression.

Currently a Judicial Law Clerk at the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, Colin Tansits (J.D./M.P.A. ’17) has been accepted into the Army JAG Corps Reserve and has been named an alternate for active duty. “The opportunity to research important issues within the field of national security was a key component of my application,” he says. Tansits was an assistant to INSCT Director William C. Banks and Faculty Member David M. Crane. He was also Senior Notes Editor of Syracuse Law Review.

In July 2017 Gregory Flatow (MAIR ’13)—a 2013 recipient of a CAS in Security Studies—was asked to provide a briefing at a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) seminar on Israel’s Relations with Africa for US government analysts at the DIA Regional Training Center Joint Base at Anacostia Bolling, Washington, DC. “The presentation was based on a paper I published in the Journal on Security and Terrorism Analysis. My research was a culmination of research conducted while in Israel during the Herzliya program and independently through Global Programs Award funding.”

In November 2017, alumnus Akmal Ali (LAW ’06; CAS in National Security and Counterterrorism Law), a homeland security expert, was featured in Sports Business Daily. Ali works for security consultancy Catalyst Partners, where he advises major sports franchises—such as the New York Yankees—on Security Act (2002) compliance.

In November 2017, INSCT learned of the following career updates:

  • Manish Pradhan (JD/MPA ’08; national security and counterterrorism law) is Section Chief in Strategic Analysis at the US Transportation Security Administration. He formerly worked at Deloitte as a Senior Consultant.
  • Former Vice President of the Student Association on Terrorism and Security Analysis (SATSA), Robinson Lingo (JD/MPA ’09; CAS in Security Studies) is currently Associate General Counsel at SRC, a not-for-profit R&D corporation, chartered by the state of New York, that works in the defense, environment, and intelligence sectors.
  • Laura Zuber (JD/MPA ’09; CAS in Security Studies)—a former Research Assistant for Professor William C. Banks and former Attorney Intern in the International Law Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration—currently is an Attorney at the Postal Regulatory Commission.
  • Former Editor-in-Chief of Impunity Watch, Sarah Benczik (JD/MPA ’10; CAS in Security Studies) works as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting, where she works with organizations to plan, build, and sustain a cybersecurity workforce to foster enterprise-wide cultures of cybersecurity.
  • Camille L. Daley (JD/MPA ’16; CAS in Security Studies) works as a Strategy & Operations Consultant at Deloitte.

National security and counterterrorism law certificate holder Tara J. Arndt (J.D./M.P.A. ’14) currently is a Captain in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, US Army Africa/Southern European Task Force. She was deployed to Italy in May 2017.

A former CHHS Senior Policy Advisor, in summer 2017 INSCT alumnus Eric Oddo (MPA ’08) was appointed Continuity Program Director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) at the University of Maryland. Oddo will be responsible for, among other tasks, the delivery of FEMA-accredited resiliency courses for public entities. Oddo is also a Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (Washington, DC area) COOP planner responsible for compliance issues.

Emily Schneider (LAW ’13)—a 2013 graduate of the Curricular Program in National Security and Counterterrorism Law—is a Content Marketing Manager at G+D Mobile Security, a global mobile security technology company headquartered in Munich, Germany.

David Lim (JD/MAIR ’12)—a Curricular Program in National Security and Counterterrorism Law graduate—joined the US Department of Justice in April 2016 as a Trial Attorney with the Office of International Affairs, and he presently serves on detail as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division.


Alumni Profiles

Profile of INSCT alumnus Akmal Ali (LAW ’06)

“I was instantly drawn to INSCT as a ‘major’ for my law degree.”


Q & A with INSCT alumnus Siim Alatalu (MAIR ’06)

“Cybersecurity, international relations, and law are becoming increasingly related to each other (if not even intertwined in some areas) and thus I believe it would be good to have a very international and linked approach to them from the beginning.”

LTC Pia Rogers (JD/MPA ’01) with INSCT Director William C. Banks at the Duke Law LENS Conference in February 2016.

Q & A with INSCT alumna LTC Pia Rogers (JD/MPA ’01)

“Young national security professionals should seize every opportunity to learn and grow. You never know when attending a panel discussion or talking to a student or professor outside of a class will lead your career path in a new direction. Take advantage of all networking opportunities and force yourself outside your comfort zone.”

Courtney Schuster

SU Law Podcast with INSCT alumna Courtney Schuster (LAW ’13)

“… taking National Security Law and related coursework with professors Banks and Crane definitely gave me the foundation to write this report [for New America] and conduct all of this research on ISIS and the foreign fighters …”


Q & A with INSCT alumnus Richard Lim (MPA ’10)

“Take Professor Banks’ counterterrorism and national security law courses. They provide an invaluable foundation of knowledge that will serve you well in your future employment. Take them even if you aren’t a law student!”


Q & A with INSCT alumna Meredith Johnson (JD/MPA ’09)

“My J.D./M.P.A. joint degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies allowed me to rise above my peers. I have been very fortunate with my job searches, due to the opportunities I received at Syracuse University.”

Molly Scullin

Q&A with INSCT alumna Molly Scullin (LAW ’10)

“INSCT was invaluable in giving me with a very realistic understanding of complex and ongoing national security concerns, which I now deal with on a daily basis.”

Leslie Schildt

Q & A with INSCT alumna Leslie Schildt (LAW ’10)

“Sometimes interns ask me if [SU Law] is worth the investment, and I tell them absolutely it is—because of INSCT. INSCT’s professors are world-class authorities in their field, with an unparalleled commitment to helping their students.”



Short profiles of members of the INSCT alumni family. For longer profiles, see below!
Kara Coughlin (MPA/MAIR ’16)
Program: Security Studies
Current Position: Consultant, Deloitte
Previous Positions: Audit Readiness Analyst, Wittenberg Weiner Consulting; Regional Southern Africa Office Intern, International Organization for Migration

Keome Rowe (MPA/MAIR ’16)
Program: Security Studies
Current Position: Foreign Service Officer/Diplomat, US Department of State (Rangel Program Fellow)
Previous Positions: Senior Account Supervisor, OCG PR; Assistant to the Mayor for Legislative and Public Affairs and Major Initiatives, City of Fort Worth (TX); Office of Presidential Correspondence, The White House

McKay Tolboe (Law ’08)
Program: National Security and Counterterrorism Law
Current Position: Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton (Cybersecurity Policy, Risk Management)
Previous Positions: Associate, Olsson Frank Weedat Terman Bode Matz P.C.; Member, Fairfax County CERT

Andrew Bakaj

Andrew P. Bakaj (LAW ’06)
Program: National Security and Counterterrorism Law
Current Position: Managing Attorney at Compass Rose Legal Group. Compass Rose is a security clearance and national security law firm with practice areas tailored to former, current, and prospective civilian federal employees, defense contractors, military, and journalists.
Previous Positions: Senior Investigator, Office of Inspector General, US Department of Defense; Investigator, Office of Inspector General, CIA; Senior Investigator, LexPro Research LLC; Special Of Counsel, Mark S. Zaid, PC.


Jiayi Zhou (MAIR ’13)
Program: Postconflict Reconstruction
Current Position: WSD-Handa Fellow, CSIS Pacific Forum
Previous Positions: Research and Project Assistant, SIPRI; Research Assistant, NATO Parliamentary Assembly; Policy Analyst, SAIC; Policy Intern, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Michael Vozzo (LAW ’04)
Program: National Security and Counterterrorism Law
Current Position: Associate Deputy General Counsel, US Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel
Previous Positions: Associate, Lester Schwab Katz and Dwyer, LLP; Assistant District Attorney, Queens County District Attorney’s Office; Law Clerk
United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York

Stephanie Gonzalez (JD/MAIR ’08)
Program: National Security and Counterterrorism Law
Current Position: Associate Counsel, US Navy
Previous Positions: Assistant Counsel, US Navy; Intern, International Organization for Migration

Jeremy Busch (MAIR ’09)
Program: Security Studies
Current Position: Program Manager, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
Previous Positions: Financial Director, Russian-American Press and Information Center (RAPIC); Translator/Editor, ANSER

Gladys Anoh (MAIR ’11)
Program: Postconflict Reconstruction
Current Position: Executive Secretary, American Chamber of Commerce, Côte d’Ivoire
Previous Positions: US Initiative Project Officer, APEX-CI

Natalie Alm (MPA/MAIR ’13)
Program: Postconflict Reconstruction
Current Position: Program Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society (Andes-Amazon)
Previous Positions: Site Lead, Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, LLC (US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships); Intern, Office of Policy Planning and Coordination, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, US Department of State

Alexandra Hackbarth (MPA/MAIR ’15)
Program: Security Studies
Current Position: Congressional Liaison, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
Previous Positions: Legislative Assistant, Sen. Ron Wyden; Rosenthal Policy Fellow, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Truman National Security Congressional Scholar, Truman National Security Project

Natalya Grokh (MAIR ’08)
Program: Security Studies
Current Position: Operations Officer, Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, US Department of State
Previous Positions: Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State; Vice Consul, US Consulate-Shanghai; Economic Analyst and Officer, US Embassy-Manila; Political, Economic, and Commercial Officer, US Embassy-Lome