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

Since October 2016, Jesse Campion (JD/MA ’15; CAS in Security Studies) has been working as Presidential Management Fellow at the US Department of Justice Criminal Division. Jesse is also a 2016 Maxwell School/SoldierStrong scholarship recipient.

Zachary Lubelfeld (MPA/MAIR ’17; CAS in Security Studies) is the latest INSCT alum to receive a prestigious Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program, established by the National Security Education Act of 1991. A speaker of Portuguese, Lubelfeld will study language and national security in Mozambique. Cameron Reed (MAIR ’16; Security Studies) received his Boren Fellowship in 2015, to study language, conflict, and security in Jordan.

Some early news from INSCT’s 2017 certificate in advanced studies recipients:

  • Nate Fritz (MAIR ’17; Security Studies) works as a Research Intern at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University.
  • Mark Temnycky (MPA ’17; Security Studies) is currently an intern at Transparency International Ukraine, having previously served at US DOD Office of the Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy and the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine.
  • MAIR/MA in Economics (’17) graduate in Isidoro Ramirez (Security Studies) is an Psychological Operations Specialist in the US Army Reserve.
  • Megan Soule (MAIR/MA in Public Relations ’17; Security Studies) is a Visual Communications Designer at the US Department of State.
  • CAS in Security Studies recipient Ariel Gould (MAIR ’17) is a Defense Intern at Signal Group Consulting LLC.

Jemakai Blyden (MPA/MAIR ’13), a former member of SATSA, is a Research Associate at the Institute for Defense Analyses and Co-Founder of Appoggia Software, LLC.

As part of his current work in national security for Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Christopher Beeler (LAW ’16; National Security and Counterterrorism Law) is performing pro bono work for Mitra Network, which links up civilian experts with military commanders to advise the commander on relevant issues facing him/her in the operational environment.

In March 2017 Carson Howell (MPA ’05) wrote to INSCT Director William C. Banks with an endorsement of the Institute: “I wanted to share an experience I had recently. I had the opportunity to go to GTMO for a week and witness the military commission hearings for the upcoming trial against Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and the other co-conspirators of 9/11. I had the chance to talk with the lead prosecutor, Brig. Gen. Mark Martins. He was aware of INSCT, and I told him about how I worked with you on a smallpox bioterrorism exercise. That was a highlight of my life. Martins mentioned that he has used some of the cases in your National Security Law casebook in his arguments. Thank you for your continued efforts training those who are protecting this country and litigating against those who do us harm.”

In March 2017, Molly White (LAW ’16; CAS in National Security and Counterterrorism Law) was named the editor of the American Society for International Law’s International Humanitarian Law Dialogs publication. 


Alumni Profiles


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!

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