People

TISS is an inclusive organization and welcomes all persons with an interest in informed discussion about national security events.  At its core are some fifty scholars and practitioners who are very active in the organization and are listed in the Directory.  Also noted in this section of the website are a number of groups and individuals who have played – and in most cases continue to play – a special role in the life of TISS.  These include our founders, Board Members (Past and Present), undergraduate scholars (Wickershams), graduate students who have participated in our New Faces program, and Fellows (Past and Present).

Tommy Sowers

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Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice Duke University Sanford School of Public PolicyDepartment of Political Science Work 209 Sanford Building Durham, NC 27708 Work Phone: (919)613-7329 Website: http://sanford.duke.edu/people/faculty/sowers-thomas-s
Biography
: Dr. Tommy Sowers is a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice and Assistant Directory of The Hart Leadership Program in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke University. Sowers teaches on Leadership and Public Service in a variety of forms and oversees Connect-to-Politics, a political leadership development program in the Hart Leadership Program. His research focuses on the effect of technology on management, professions, and leadership. From 2012 to 2014, Sowers served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A public policy major and former student of Professor Tony Brown’s, Sowers attended Duke on an ROTC scholarship. Upon graduating in 1998, he served 11 years active duty in the U.S. Army, including two combat tours in Iraq as a Green Beret. Sowers earned his master’s and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science on Rotary Scholarship. He has previously taught government and politics courses at the United State Military Academy at West Point and at Missouri University of Science and Technology in his hometown of Rolla, Missouri. In 2010, Sowers ran for U.S. House in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. Following his campaign, Sowers was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and a senior advisor to the nonprofit, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. In 2014, Sowers co-founded The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family and serves as the inaugural Chairman of the event in Washington D.C. He also serves on the board of directors of Americans for the Arts.
: Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice
: Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy
: PhD
: Retired
: Civil-military relations, management and technology, public leadership.
Notes

: Civil Military Relations, Us Foreign Policy

Michael Struett

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Associate Professor North Carolina State UniversityPolitical Science Home Campus Box 8102 Work Phone: (919)515-5034
Biography
: North Carolina State University
: Ph.D.
: Political Science
: University of California, Irvine
: International Organization International Criminal Justice Non-governmental Organizations

Patricia Sullivan

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Associate Professor of Public Policy University of North Carolina at Chapel HillPolitical Science Work Director of Undergraduate Studies Abernethy Hall 117 Work Phone: (919)962-0666 Website: http://plsullivan.web.unc.edu/
Biography
: Patricia Sullivan received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004 with a concentration in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. She teaches courses in foreign policy analysis, international conflict, national security policy, and research design. Sullivan’s research focuses on the utility and limitations of military force as a policy instrument. She has also published research about factors that lower the odds that an international conflict will escalate to violence, the effects of U.S. military aid on other countries’ behavior toward the United States, the conditions under which democratic leaders end foreign military operations, and domestic public support for sustaining military operations abroad. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. She has been invited to present her research to academic audiences as well as units under the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and officers at the Naval Postgraduate School. She is on the Executive Board of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the advisory board for the Correlates of War Project.
: Associate Professor of Public Policy
: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
: Ph.D.
: Political Science
: University of California, Davis
: Active
: Use of Force

Kathleen Vogel

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Associate Professor/Director North Carolina State UniversityPolitical Science Work Room 106C, 1911 Building Campus Box 7107 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-7107 Work Phone: (919)515-7999 Website: http://ids.chass.ncsu.edu/about/faculty_staff/kmvogel
Biography
: Kathleen Vogel is an associate professor at NC State in the Department of Political Science. She also serves as Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program. Vogel holds a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Princeton University. Prior to joining the NC State faculty, Vogel was an associate professor at Cornell University with a joint appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and in the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Previously, she has been appointed as a William C. Foster Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction in the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Vogel has also spent time as a visiting scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories and the Center for Nonprolif­eration Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her research focuses on studying the social and technical dimensions of bioweapons threats and the production of knowledge in intelligence assessments on WMD issues.
: Associate Professor/Director
: North Carolina State University
: Ph.D.
: Chemistry
: Princeton University
: Active
: Science and Technology Studies, Security Studies, Intelligence

Gerhard Weinberg

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Professor of History Emeritus UNC-Chapel HillHistory Home 1416 Mt. Willing Rd. Efland NC 27243 Work Phone: (919)563-4224
Biography
: US Army 1946-47; Univ. of Chicago MA and PhD; taught at Univ. of Chicago, Kentucky, Michigan; UNC Chapel Hill 1974-99; worked in captured German documents and established the program for microfilming them; two honorary degrees, 11 books, over 100 articles and other publications; member and/or chai of several US government advisory committees.
: Professor of History Emeritus
: PhD
: Modern European History
: University of Chicago
: Active
: 20th Century Europe; World War II; the Holocaust
Notes
:The United States in World War II; New Boundaries for the World: The Hopes of Eight WW II Leaders; Prospects for Peace in the Middle East; Pope Pius XII in World War II; The Legacy of World War I.

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