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New Faces

New Faces


New Faces is an annual conference, geared toward the professional development and networking of early career scholars in security studies. Started in 2000, New Faces is one of TISS’ signature programs with a vast network of former participants.

New Faces is designed to offer advanced PhD candidates and newly-minted PhDs a chance to present their research and receive feedback in a format akin to an academic job talk.

Our goal is to create and strengthen ties among scholars working on national and international security questions, crossing disciplinary boundaries. Participants in New Faces approach the study of security from a number of disciplinary backgrounds, including political science, history, public policy, and beyond.



This year’s conference will be held on Friday, October 7 at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill. Those interested in attending in person should register here. For those who would prefer to attend virtually, please register for the livestream here.


“In Pursuit of Strategic Relevance: U.S. Grand Strategy in the Sahel Region,” Fola Aina (8:40am-9:50am Eastern)
“Nuclear Order Preferences and the Making of the Nuclear Club,” J. Luis Rodriguez (10:00am-11:10am Eastern)
“Soldiers, Civilians, and Public Opinion: Linking Domestic Political Attitudes, Civil-Military Bargaining, and Military Efficacy in the Context of War,” Laura Resnick Samotin (11:20am-12:30pm Eastern)
“Hawks, Doves, and Regime Type in International Rivalry and Rapprochement,” Michael Goldfien (1:30pm-2:40pm Eastern)
“The Gulf Between Their Wars: Illusory American and Arab Visions of Post–Cold War Middle Eastern Order, 1989-1991,” Daniel Chardell (2:50pm-4:00pm Eastern)
“Valuable to Any and None: Domestic Distributional Roots of International Conflict,” Soyoung Lee (4:10pm-5:20pm Eastern)


Applications for next year’s New Faces will open in early 2023.