Graduate & Research Assistants

Each year INSCT hires highly motivated Syracuse University graduate students to serve as research assistants, directly supporting INSCT activities by researching new and developing national security and terrorism policy.


Ryan Gross

Ryan, a Maxwell School student, is a former infantry battalion intelligence officer (Baghdad) and Intelligence Analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He was named a 2017 Tillman Scholar, one of a cohort of 61 US service members, veterans, and military spouses across the nation. 

Lishayne King

Lishayne is an SU College of Law 3L student and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Science and Technology Law.

Daniel Ostrin

Daniel is a JD/MPA Candidate (2018), a former Intern for New America Foundation, where assisted publication of the Foreign Policy Magazine South Asia Channel; monitored foreign fighters, drone strikes, prison radicalization, and homegrown extremism databases; and created detail-packets of current prosecution cases against alleged terrorist within the United States. 

Katharine Russell

Ph.D. student Katharine Russell attended Binghamton University where she majored in Political Science and Arabic Studies. After spending a summer volunteering in Morocco, she developed an interest in women’s issues in the Middle East.

Chris Tonsmeire

Maxwell School graduate student Chris Tonsmeire is an Army veteran, a graduate of Florida State University, and a scuba diver.