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Economics, History, and Political Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2018
2:00 - 3:30

12:30 - 1:45


Office Information:

Room Number: Miller Hall 306
Phone: 978-665-3214

Courses Taught:

Introduction to International Relations (POLS 1300)
Global Issues (IDIS 1800)
Europe Today (HIST and POLS 2110)
International Organizations (POLS 2701)
The Conduct of American Foreign Policy (POLS 3400)
International Terrorism (CJ and POLS 3510)
Senior Seminar in Political Science (POLS 4000)
Understanding Government Decision Making (POLS 4360)
Political Science Internships (POLS 4940/CAPSTONE/includes Directed Research) & Washington Center Internship Program -- offered every semester, inclusive of summer terms


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., Brandeis University

Research Interests:

International politics/International Relations
Comparative foreign policy
(Europe/Eurasia, post-Communist transitions; transitioning nations globally);

US foreign policy
International security
Economic institutions
National security decision-making and emergency planning
Political risk analysis & Leadership Simulation Role-Playing
Politico-military assessments
Investment and stability game planning;

Globalization and Interdependence
Public policy (planning, decision making & administration)
Transnational development (poverty, health & environmental crises, population/food problems, race, gender, religious persecution)
Cooperative security
Preventive diplomacy (conflict prevention)
Ethno-national conflict/resolution
Civil-military relations

Languages: Russian (fluent), Leningrad State University Certificate, 1985; Polish (advanced); Spanish (basic)

Current Projects:

Fitchburg State University (FSU) Service:

  • Professor of Political Science (at FSU since 2003)
  • International Studies Minor Program Coordinator & Political Science Internship Coordinator
  • FSU Coordinator for The Washington Center Internship and Career Development Program (since 2012)
  • Political Science Club Adviser (2013-2015)
  • Faculty Director, Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI) at Fitchburg State University, 2009 - 2014 (REDI PSA)
  • Harrod Lecture Committee, 2016-2017
  • Interdisciplinary Minors Committee, since 2016
  • Strategic Planning Committee Community Working Group, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research Conference Committee, 2011-2014
  • Promotions Committee, 2010-2011
  • Faculty Advisor, Student Government Association (SGA) (2007-2009, advised on range of issues affecting Fitchburg State University, including public higher education funding, Boston’s State House trips, development and implementation of the SGA Mission, Vision, and Goals for its new Strategic Plan)
  • Chair, 2nd Stage of Academic Planning Committee (2nd Stage, 2007-2008)
  • Chair, International Advisory Committee (2004-2008)
  • Coordinator, International Studies Keynote Speaker Series, including International Month Planning Group (created, since 2006)
  • Executive Committee of the FSC MA State College Association Chapter (Member, 2006-2007; Secretary, 2007-2009)
  • Strategic Planning Committee (Academic Planning, 2007)
  • Faculty Advisor, Model UN Organization, Political Science Club (2004-2009, travel/competition: Harvard, Yale, Northeastern, and McGill Universities)
  • Social Science Curriculum Committee (2005-2009, Chair, 2007-08, 2013-2017)
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee (Presidential selection, 2008-2009)
  • Committee to establish: Institute for Regional Development and Policy Analysis (President’s selection, 2009)
  • Technology Advisory Committee (2004-2005)
  • Presidential Task Force on Technology (2004-2005)
  • Lap Top Pilot Program Committee (2004-2005)
  • Fitchburg State University Political Science advising, supervising numerous Writing Associates for my courses, and participation as departmental representative in numerous orientation and University advising events (includes High School Junior Achievement advising/shadow program)

Major Publication:

Major Fitchburg State University Projects:

  • Co-founded the first Model United Nations Organization at the college with financial support from the President and the Fitchburg University Foundation (2004-Present). Co-Led student teams to competitions at Harvard, Yale, Northeastern, and McGill Universities. Fitchburg State teams continually compete as one of the few public colleges with teams from across the U.S. and from countries with representative college teams from among Argentina Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Iraq, Japan and Venezuela. (2004-2009)

FSU International Studies (IS) Minor Coordinator for the IS Keynote Speaker Series:

  • 2016: Ms. Jessica Glover (FSU, 2008), International Program Specialist in NASA Headquarters’ Office of International and Interagency Relations – “What Does Space Have to Do with International Studies Anyway? -- Highlights of NASA's International Cooperation and International Public Service Careers.”
  • 2015: Brigadier-General Peter Zwack, United States Army (Retired), Russia-Eurasia Area Expert, National Defense University/Institute for National Strategic Studies, U.S. Defense Attaché to Moscow, Russia (2012-2014): "Russia Since the Reset -- Challenges and Opportunities"
  • 2014: Ms. Jennifer Kurtinitis (Fitchburg State, 2004), Manager, Online Disaster Training Program, American Red Cross Headquarters, Washington, DC: "Disaster Workforce Engagement"
  • 2013: Ambassador Adrian Basora, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA - "The Challenges for Post-Communist Democracies: Surviving a Continued Euro-Crisis"
  • 2012: Dr. Monica Toft, Associate Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University - "Resurgent Religion, Global Politics, and Conflict Resolution"
  • 2011: Professor Thomas Culora, Chairman of the Warfare Analysis and Research Department United States Naval War College - "China's Growing Regional and International Role"
  • 2010: Mr. Michael Singh, Ira Weiner fellow of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy -- “International Public Service Careers and Challenges"
  • 2009: Dr. Sean Kay, Professor of Politics and Government, Chair of International Studies at the Ohio Wesleyan University -- "Education and Global Security"
  • 2008: Dr. Alan Stolberg, Stimson Chair of Military Studies, Director, National Security Policy Program, Assistant Professor of National Security Studies, US Army War College -- "American National Security and the Transnational Threats of the 21st Century"
  • 2007: Dr. Jessica Stern, Academic Director, Program on Terrorism & Law, Harvard University Lecturer, Public Policy, Harvard JFK School of Public Policy -- "The Impact of International Terrorism on the U.S. -- and Beyond"

Representative Publications:

(numerous classified publications from 1994-2000 for the Joint Chiefs of Staff)

Book Manuscript (drafting): Middle Powers Matter Regionally: Critical Foreign Policy Junctures for Poland, South Korea, Bolivia

"Security Issues: NATO and Beyond" (revised chapter/sole author) in eds. Sharon Wolchik & Jane Curry, Central and East European Politics, 4th Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

“Considering NATO’s Long-Term Revitalization.” E-International Relations. July 2014.

"An East-West Bridge for Ukraine." The Duck of Minerva Blog. April 2, 2014.

"Security Issues: NATO and Beyond" (revised chapter/sole author) in eds. Sharon Wolchik & Jane Curry, Central and East European Politics, 3rd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)

“NATO’s Precarious Future.” International Affairs Forum. Taylor & Francis Online (UK). December 2013.

“REDI North Central MA Workforce Trends: Impact on Fitchburg State University’s Education and Training,” REDI Director-led Analysis and Presentation prepared for Dr. Robin Bowen, June 30, 2013.

"International and Conflict Studies Keynote Speaker: Dr. Monica Duffy Toft." Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter. Fitchburg State University (March 2012)

*"REDI Serving Our University and North Central Massachusetts Community." Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter. Fitchburg State University (February, 2012).

“9/11: Ten Years Later.” New State Monthly -- Poland (September 2011).

European Union Security Challenges” in The Forum: The EU & Security. Center for International Relations. July 2011.

“Security Issues: NATO and Beyond” (co-author Jeffrey Simon) in eds. Sharon Wolchik & Jane Curry. Central and East European Politics, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010)

“Russia Military Strategy toward Central-East Europe” in eds. Stephen Blank and Richard Weitz. The Russian Military: Today and Tomorrow (Strategic Studies Institute & Hudson Institute, 2010)

"Great Power Security Dilemmas for Pivotal Middle Power Bridging" Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 30, No. 1 (April 2009) -- (Refereed)

Book Review in Slavic Review (summer 2008): New Europe: The Impact of the First Decade, Vols. 1-2. Edited by Teresa Rakowska-Harmstone and Piotr Dutkiewicz

Book Review in Slavic Review (Fall 2006): Soft or Hard Borders? Managing the Divide in an Enlarged Europe. Ed. Joan DeBardeleben

Book Review in Slavic Review (Summer 2005): Frank Schimmelfennig, The EU, NATO, and the Integration of Europe: Rules and Rhetoric

BOOK: Bridging the European Divide: Middle Power Politics and Regional Security Dilemmas. (Rowman & Littlefield), 2004 (Reviews of Spero book: Walter Clemens, Slavic Review, spring 2006; Michael Roskin, Perspectives on Politics, December 2005)

Book Review in Journal of Canadian-American Slavic Studies (2004): Janine Wedel, Collision & Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe (New York: Palgrave, 2001).

"Beyond Old and New Europe," Current History (March 2004).

"The Impact on NATO of the Emerging Role of East Europe and the NIS in Iraq," Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2004).

"Paths to Peace for NATOs Partnerships in Eurasia," in J. Sperling, S. Kay, and S.V. Papacosma, eds., Limiting Institutions: The Challenge of Eurasian Security Governance (2003).

"Looking Beyond NATO and EU Enlargement: Northeastern Europe and Russian Security Dynamics," Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2003).

"Military Aspects of NATO Enlargement," in T. Valasek & T. Hitchens, eds., "Growing Pains: The Debate on the Next Round of NATO Enlargement (Washington: Center for Defense Information, 2002).

"The Polish-Ukrainian Inter-State Model for Cooperation and Integration: Regional Relations in a Theoretical Context" in J.P. Moroney and T. Kuzio, eds., Ukraine's Foreign and Security policy: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood/Praeger, 2002).

"The International Coalition against Terrorism," Insight Magazine (December 3, 2001), pp. 41-43.

"Completing the Transatlantic Bargain: The United States and European Security," (With S. Kay and C. Barry) Current History, Vol. 100, No. 644 (March 2001), pp. 129-136.

"Poland's Perennial Crossroads: Between East and West?" in Andrzej Dumala and Ziemowit Pietras, eds., The Future of East-Central Europe (Lublin, Poland: Curie University Press, 1996), pp. 273-292.

"Central European Security," in J. Philip Rogers, ed., The Future of European Security: The Pursuit of Peace in an Era of Revolutionary Change (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993), pp. 42-57.

"Deja Vu All over Again? Poland's Attempt to Avoid Entrapment between Two Belligerents," in Jacob Kipp ed., Central European Security Concerns: Bridge, Buffer or Barrier? (London: Frank Cass, 1993), pp. 92-117. (Appeared also as an article in European Security, special issue)

"The Budapest-Prague-Warsaw Triangle: Central European Security After Visegrad," European Security, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1992), pp. 58-83. (Refereed)

"Military Reform & the Struggle to Redefine Security in the Post-USSR," (with P. Petersen) in Blank and Kipp, eds., The Soviet Military and the Future (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), pp. 9-22.

"Central European Security," Problems of Communism (Nov-Dec 1991), pp. 141-151. (Refereed)

"The Soviet Military View in Southeastern Europe," (w/P. Petersen) in Paul S. Shoup, ed., Problems of Balkan Security: Southeast Europe in the 1990s (Washington: Wilson Center, 1990), pp. 207-234.

Op-Ed Columns (Newspapers):

  • Honoring Mariusz Handzlik,” Democracy Arsenal Blog (15 April 2010) & Reprinted in “Remembering Mariusz Handzlik." New State Monthly (September 2011)
  • "America's Precarious Transatlantic Bridge," (with S. Kay), Defense News (18 August 2003 2001), p. 51.
  • "A Way Out on Iraq," (with S. Kay), Cleveland Plain Dealer (7 February 2003), p. B9.
  • "The High Cost of War Against Iraq," (with S. Kay), Boston Sunday Globe (3 November 2002), p. D12
  • "A Year Later, the Threat of Terrorism Remains," Boston Sunday Globe (8 September 2002), p. F8
  • "More Money Won't Buy Security" (with S. Kay), Cleveland Plain Dealer (8 February 2002), p. B9.
  • "Keep NATO Relevant for the 21st Century," (with S. Kay), Defense News (17-23 Dec. 2001), p. 27.
  • "From the Pentagon to Merrimack College," Connections {Invited college column}, (29 Oct. 2001), p. 3.
  • "Fighting a War Against Terrorism Takes a Commitment to Public Service," {"My Turn" Column by invitation}, The Lawrence-Andover Eagle-Tribune (24 September 2001), p. 9.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Council on Foreign Relations (since 2001; Member, Academic Outreach Advisory Group since 2003)
  • Atlantic Council of the United States (Academic Associate since 2002)
  • American Political Science Association (since 1999)
  • International Studies Association (since 1999)
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies (since 1996)
  • Women In International Security (since 1995)
  • The Polish Institute for the Arts and Sciences (since 1994)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (since 1988)
  • International Affairs Committee, Star Island, NH (since 2003, Chair, 2006)

Dr. Joshua B. Spero, Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg, Mass.), was also Assistant Professor of Political Science at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. (2000-2002) and Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College (2000-2001).

Dr. Spero also consults for various international affairs organizations and worked as a federal career civil servant for nearly 15 years until 2000: from 1994-2000, as the senior civilian Strategic Planner on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (European and NATO Division, J-5 Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy); from 1990-1994, as Visiting Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (National Defense University,); and 1988-1990, as Deputy Assistant for Europe and the USSR (Office of the Secretary of Defense). From 1988-1994, he also served as the Washington Liaison Officer to the Ft. Leavenworth, KS Foreign Military Studies Office.

Awards and Fellowships

2016-2017 -- Fitchburg State University’s Harrod Lecture Series Recipient: “Bridging South America's Divide: Indigenous Ruling Bolivia (2006-2009)"
2016 -- Fitchburg State University Sabbatical to research/write book manuscript (Middle Powers Matter Regionally: Critical Foreign Policy Junctures for Poland, South Korea, Bolivia)
2015-16 -- Fitchburg State University’s Special Projects Grant for faculty travel (Bolivia/book manuscript research)
2015 -- Fitchburg State University’s “29 Who Shine” – Chosen as Faculty member/mentor to accompany student honoree, Ms. Alexandra Valdez, to receive recognition by the Department of Higher Education at the Massachusetts Statehouse
2013 -- Fitchburg State University's Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching
2013 -- Fitchburg State Office of Academic Affairs Special REDI Projects Grant (funding for students)
2012 -- Fitchburg State Faculty Scholarship (Political Science) Special Projects Grant (student funds) 
2011 -- Fitchburg State University Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship
2009 -- Fitchburg State Butler Grant Award (provided to student, Mr. Eric Gregoire 
2008-2009 -- Fitchburg State College Advisor of the Year
2008 -- Online Teaching Stipend (Develop FSC Global Issues Summer/AY Course)
2007-2008 -- Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation Award
2003 -- Knight Cross of the Order of Merit (President, Republic of Poland)
2003 -- Who's Who in America (Marquis)
2000-2001 -- Dartmouth College Post Doctoral Research Fellowship
1999-2000 -- Johns Hopkins SAIS Doctoral Fellowship (also 1991-1993)
1997-1998 -- National Public Service Award nomination, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Conference/Forum Panels/Presentations:

Travel since 1985 includes: Austria, Belgium (NATO & SHAPE Headquarters), Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and across the United States:

* Arranged Council on Foreign Relations Teleconferences for FSC Students and Faculty that focused the Middle East, Terrorism, Nuclear Strategy, Central Asian Revolutions, and Transatlantic Relations, as well as FSC student trip to Washington, DC to meet with government officials and international journalists.

  • Speaker/Moderator: Great Decision Program, Westminster Library, “U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum” (March 2017)
  • Panelist: “What Now? Governing in the Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election,” Fitchburg State Political Science Faculty/Department of Economics, History, and Political Science (November 2016)
  • National Defense University/Institute for National Strategic Studies: “NATO’s Long-term Revitalization for U.S.-European Transatlantic Security” (February 2016)
  • Panelist: Fitchburg State-Sentinel & Enterprise Co-Sponsored City of Fitchburg Mayoral Debate (September 2015)
  • Fitchburg State University/“Leadership & Development” Series: “Simulating Crisis Management Decision-making” (March 2015)
  • Montachusett Regional Planning Commission: Partnership & Cost of Living Data Analysis Across Fitchburg-Leominster, MA (February 2015)
  • Panelist: Fitchburg State-Sentinel & Enterprise Co-Sponsored North Central MA State Senate Debate (October 2014)
  • Discussant: Fitchburg State/CTL “Strategies to Minimize Unconstructive Student Behavior in Classes” (October 2014)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI-FSU Career Services-Montachusett Regional Planning Commission Public Forum: “Paid Student Research Internships” – Develop Regional Economies (March 2014)
  • Panelist: Fitchburg State-Department of Nursing Forum on the Award-Winning Film, Escape Fire (February 2014)
  • McKinsey & Company (Waltham, MA), “Crisis Management Decision-making” (September 2013)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Economic Development Indicators Presentation by Dr. Jane Zhang and Dr. Luis Rosero to REDI Advisory Board (June 2013)
  • Fitchburg State University/Core to College Seminar: “Critical Thinking, Research, Writing, and Role-Playing” (May 2013)
  • Great Decision Program, Westminster Library, “Threat Assessment Overview” (April 2013)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State Department of Economics, History, and Political Science Co-Hosted with REDI: Affari di Famiglia (Family Business) Forum (March 2013)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Economic Development Indicators Presentation by Dr. Jane Zhang and Dr. Luis Rosero to Municipal Leaders from across North Central Massachusetts (February 2013)
  • Panel Chair and Discussant: North Eastern Political Science Association’s Annual Conference (Boston) – “Studies on Voter Behavior and Political Parties” (November 2012)
  • Forum Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Public Research Forum on “Newly Released Broadband Study Revealing Availability and Usage for Business and Municipal Impact across North Central Massachusetts” (November 2012)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Public Press Conference on “The State of the North Central Massachusetts Economy” (October 2012)
  • Fitchburg State University/REDI and North Central MA Chamber of Commerce Council’s REDI Fay Club Evening with top business and municipal leaders across North Central MA (April 2012)
  • Fitchburg State Leadership Development Forum: “Simulating Crisis Management Leadership” (Advanced: Problem-solving/Decision making) – (April 2012)
  • Forum Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Public Research Forum on “The Montachusett Region Cultural and Creative Economy Plan: Using Music, Art, and Health for Cultural Outreach and Regional Economic Development” (April 2012)
  • Fitchburg State University Center for Teaching and Learning Panel: “Ready with REDI: Research Internships into Action (Grasshopper Series” (February 2012)
  • Forum Panelist: Fitchburg State & Sentinel and Enterprise Hosted debate for Leominster City Council and School Committee Political Elections, Leominster Public Library (November 2011)
  • Forum Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Public Research Forum on “Conceptualizing an Advanced Polymer Manufacturing Research, Technology Transfer and Training Center for North Central Massachusetts: A REDI Feasibility Study on the old Harper's Furniture Building in cooperation with the North Central Chamber of Commerce” (April 2011)
  • Fitchburg State University Model United Nations Roundtable on “Whither the UN?” – “Role of the Security Council” (October 2011)
  • Fitchburg State University Office of Student Development 13th Annual Leadership Conference: “Simulating Crisis Management Leadership” (March 2011)
  • Career Development Speaker: “International Careers and Public Service,” Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Career Day (March 2011)
  • Forum Moderator: REDI Public Research Forum on "Fitchburg as an Engine for Regional Economic Development"? (October 2010)
  • Forum Moderator: REDI Public Research Forum on "North Central Massachusetts at a Crossroads: Housing Challenge" (October 2010)
  • Forum Presentation: REDI Campus Research Forum on "Bringing Broadband to North Central Massachusetts" (September 2010)
  • Fitchburg State College Speakers Series: "Getting 'REDI' at Fitchburg State and for North Central Massachusetts” (November 2009)
  • Keynote Speaker: “National and International Leadership Through Service” Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sagan National Colloquium on "Renewing America for a Global Century: From Theory to Practice" (October 2009, (PDF))
  • Round Table Panelist: “Russian Military Strategy Toward Central-East Europe” (Washington, DC August 2009, U.S. Army War College and the Hudson Institute – Recorded by C-SPAN, 8/24/09
  • FSC Leadership Conference Presenter: "Simulation Gaming for Career Leadership" (April 2009)
  • Round Table Panelist: “Terrorist Groups and their Strategic contexts” American Political Science Association Annual Convention (Boston, August 2008)
  • Round Table Panelist: “Roundtable on America, Europe, and the World: Is NATO Dead or Alive?” Council on Foreign Relations (Washington, DC, May 2008)
  • Panel Presentation, Mid-West Political Science Association “Simulating Governmental Decision-Making Locally, Regionally, and Globally,” Co-presented with co-author Dr. Paul Weizer, Fitchburg State College (Chicago, April 2008)
  • Panel Presentation, "Distance Learning via Blackboard," FSC Center for Teaching and Learning (July 2007)
  • Panel Presentation "Campus Forum on Civic Engagement," Sponsored by FSC President, Student Government Association President, and Faculty Union President (April 2007)
  • New England Political Science Association Round Table Panelist: "Ivan Arreguin Toft’s How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict" (April 2007)
  • FSC Faculty Presentation, "Putting Student Groups into Virtual Motion," FSC Center for Teaching and Learning (March 2007)
  • FSC Faculty Center Presentation, “Why Middle Powers Matter for Great Power Security Dilemmas: Poland and South Korea as Regional Geopolitical Pivots” (March 2007)
  • Panel Presentation, “Do Middle Powers Matter for Great Power Security Dilemmas?” Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA) and International Studies Association (ISA) Northeast (Nov 2006)
  • Panel Discussant, “The US Role Globally and Constitutional Impact Locally,” FSC (September 2006)
  • Carlton University/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, Canada, June 2006: “The Transatlantic Security Triangle: Where Does Canada Fit?
  • Panelist, You Say You Want A Revolution...Political Change in the Former Soviet Bloc, April 2005
  • Panel Chair/Discussant: Change and Continuity in Russia, Northeast Political Science Association/International Studies Association to be held November 2004
  • Suffolk University Law School and Center for Global Solutions, April 2004: An Effective NATO-European Relationship in a Post-9/11 World?
  • Panel Presentation, Iraq: One Year Later, Fitchburg College, March 2004
  • "East Europe's Emerging Role in the Middle East," Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and U.S. Department of State, Washington, November 2003
  • Panel Chair/Discussant, Violence and the State: Militias, Militaries, and Terrorists, Northeastern Political Science Association (NEPSA) and International Studies Association Northeast (11/2003)
  • Panel Presentation, "Pacifism and Politics: Views on War With Iraq," Merrimack College (2/2003)
  • Panel Chair/Discussant, "Political Violence: From 9/11 on?" (NEPSA) November 2002.
  • Panel Presentation, "The Military Cost of War against Iraq," Fitchburg College, October 2002
  • Panel Presentation, "The Implications for War against Iraq," Merrimack College, October 2002
  • "Looking Beyond NATO and EU Enlargement: Northeastern Europe and Russian Security Dynamics," Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, December 2002
  • "Enlarging the Euro-Atlantic Space: Problems and Prospects for Northeastern and Southeastern Europe" (Stanley Foundation/Woodrow Wilson Int'l Center for Scholars), Hungary, Sept. 2002
  • Panel Presentation, "Blood, Sweat, Tears: A Time for Remembrance," Merrimack College, (9/02)
  • "Transatlantic Security in the 21st Century: Continuity or New Directions?" European Union Center, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2002
  • "From the Pentagon to Merrimack College," Senior Center, Andover, Massachusetts, April 2002
  • Panel chair and Panel Presentation, Chair "International Relations Theory and the Future of Security in Northeast Asia" and participant, "Enhancing Great Powers: Medium-Size State Impact on Regional Security Cooperation," ISA Convention. March 2002
  • Panel Presentation, "Dealing with Tragedy: The Pentagon and New York," Special Merrimack College Political Science Forum Discussion. September 2001
  • "Paths to Peace for NATOs Partnerships in Eurasia." Kent State University, September, 2001
  • "Bridging Leadership and Cooperation for Transatlantic Security," Star Island (NH) International Affairs Conference, July 2001
  • "Learning Lessons from the Post-Cold War Era: How Much Do Medium-Size States Matter for Regional Security Cooperation?" Naval War College, June 2001
  • Panel Presentation, "Institutional Change and Identity in Foreign Policy Priorities: Models for European Regional Security Cooperation and Integration," ISA Convention. February 2001
  • "The Polish-Ukrainian Inter-State Model for Cooperation and Integration: Regional Relations in a Theoretical Context," Woodrow Wilson Center for Young International Scholars, August 2000
  • Panel chair and Organizer, International Studies Association, International Security Studies Section, "Promoting Regional Stability? NATO in the Post-Kosovo Era." November 1999
  • "The Vision for Eurasian Security and Partnership in the Newly Independent States," Freedom House Visiting Fellows, May 1998
  • "Future Strategy for NATO Enlargement, Interoperability, and Enhanced Partnership For Peace," Joint Chiefs of Staff representative, U.S. NSC-State Department-Pentagon Bilateral Working Group delegation to Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and NATO, 1995, 1997
  • "The US Role in Changing NATO," Women In International Security, October 1996
  • "The Implications for the USSR's Collapse," World Affairs Council, April 1993

Reviewer/Editorial Board Member

Oxford University Press, Security Studies, Contemporary Security Policy, East European Politics and Societies, International Relations, Problems of Post-Communism, European Security, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Manfred Worner Euro-Atlantic Association of Romania, Roman & Littlefield Publishers, Romanian Journal of Political Science, Routledge Publishers, Sage Publishers

Senior Seminar & General Advising/Committees (Independent Study, Internship supervision):

  • Fall 2017: Political Science Interns: Mr. George Silvia, Mr. Connor Balous, Mr. James Sampson (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office); Mr. Austin Cyganiewicz (Pollack Law Office, RI); Washington Center Intern: Mr. Steven Lenane (National Association of Federally Impacted Schools)
  • Spring 2017: Political Science Interns: Mr. Zachary Davis and Mr. James Sampson (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office); Ms. Devon Moran (City of Fitchburg Solicitor's Office); Mr. David Demosthenes (City of Fitchburg's Commission on Human Rights): Ms. Hailey O'Brien (Fitchburg State Representative's Office); Ms. Christina Arecy (United Partners of Fitchburg's Office) -- Washington Center Interns: Ms. Yesica Miranda (Public Allies); Ms. Jessica Amado (National Association of Attorneys General): Mr. Nathaniel Thomas (The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law)
  • Fall 2016: Washington Center Interns -- Ms. Dionne Joseph, RespectAbilityUSA/Maryland (Human Services Major); Ms. Rose Thomas, Double R Productions/Washington (Communications Media/Theater Major); Political Science Interns: Ms. Amy Johnston (Office of Representative Christopher Walsh), Mr. Thomas White (Fitchburg Mayor’s Office, including Office of the City Solicitor), Mr. Carl Rodney (Office of Fitchburg State Representative Hay), Mr. Austin Cyganiewicz (Town of Winchendon, MA Selectmen ), Mr. Jonathan DePina (Boyle & Carbone, P.C.), Mr. Sean Burke (Superior Court for Worcester County).
  • Summer 2016 Internship (Malik Alfred, Department of Labor/Equal Opportunity Enforcement Div)
  • Fall 2015 Internship (Abigail Kennefick, Jillian’s Lucky Strike, Boston, MA; Moses Maxi, Pawlak & Higgins Partners, LLC; Megan Pierce, MA Senator Edward Markey’s Boston Office)
  • Summer 2015 Internship (Danielle Dusablon, Malden, MA Court House)
  • Spring 2015 Internships via The Washington Center (Ashley Macdonald, Shared Hope International; Joseph Richardson, Same Day Process Service)
  • Fall 2014 Political Science internships (Jeffrey Anderson, REDI Research; Daniel LaFond, REDI & Twin Cities Community Development Corporation Research; Shylah Maloney, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren & U.S. Congressman James McGovern); Maximin Rocheleau (TWC/U.S. Marshals Service)
  • Summer 2014 Political Science internship (Sarina Cerro, Kayyem Governor’s Campaign); REDI Research Internship (Daniel LaFond); Washington Center Internship Coordinator/University Supervisor (Shylah Maloney, DuBoff & Associates; Bruce Moschetti, United Planning Organization; Jeffrey Thomas, Maryland Public Defenders)
  • Spring 2014 REDI Research Internship (Daniel LaFond, REDI-MRPC); Political Science Internship (Alexandra Siegel, WCVB Boston Channel 5/CityLine Chronicle); Washington Center Internship Coordinator/University Supervisor (Carmen Bordonaro, US State Department/Diplomatic Security)
  • Fall 2013 REDI Research and Administrative Internships (Alexandra Moore & Daniel LaFond)

  • Fall 2013 Washington Center Internship Coordinator/University Supervisor: Kon Reevers (Political Science, DC Attorney General); Chris Humphrey (Political Science, Evans DC Mayoral Campaign);
  • Summer 2013 REDI Research and Administrative Internship -- “Cost of Living, Economic Development Indicators, and Workforce Training and Development” (Travis Rearick)
  • Summer 2013 Washington Center Internship Coordinator/University Supervisor: Michael Curtis (Political Science/Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition); Allyson Gnoza (Education/For Love of Children)
  • Spring 2013 REDI Research and Administrative Internship – “Cost of Living & Economic Development Indicators” (David Chen)
  • Spring 2013 REDI Research and Administrative Internship – “Cost of Living & Economic Development Indicators” (Megan Gonzalez)
  • Winter-Spring 2013 Undergraduate Honors Thesis – Palestinian Women and Determinants of Public Health: Education and Economic Empowerment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Shadia Lahlou)
  • Fall 2012 Washington Center Internship Coordinator/University Supervisor: US Attorney General’s Office (Megan Andrew/Criminal Justice); US Food/Drug Administration (Rachya Kayastha, Biology); LTL Strategies (David Chen, Political Science)
  • Summer 2012 Summer Internship at Boston-based Grassroots International & Fitchburg State Leadership Honors Thesis (2012-2013) – (Shadia Lahlou)
  • Spring-Summer 2012 Master’s Thesis on The Inception and Growth of Practical and Industrial Arts at Fitchburg State University: A Program of Practical Necessity (Michael Kushmerek)
  • Spring 2012 REDI Research and Administrative Internship – Montachusett Regional Planning Commission in Fitchburg, MA (Matthew Gordon)
  • Spring 2012 REDI Research and Administrative Internship – Leominster Housing Authority in Leominster, MA (Mitchell Williams)
  • Spring 2012 REDI Research and Administrative Internship – Leominster Housing Authority in Leominster, MA (Shane Burdick)
  • Spring 2012 REDI Research and Administrative Internship – “Cost of Living & Economic Development Indicators” (Emma Weisman)
  • Spring 2012 REDI Research and Administrative Internship – “Expanding Marketing Plan” (Thomas Roufos)
  • Fall 2011 Political Science Internship in Fitchburg, MA Mayor Office (Nathan LaRose) 
  • Fall 2011 Political Science Internship in Fitchburg, MA Mayor Office (Nathan LaRose)
  • Fall 2011 Political Science Internship in Ayer, MA Town Manager’s Office (Sarah Schneider)
  • Fall 2011 REDI/Political Science Internship – “Building Networking Plan” (Philip Sandy)
  • Fall 2011 REDI/Economics Internship – “Building Economic Indicators Matrix” (Michael Marchetti)
  • Fall 2011 REDI/International Business Internship – “Building Marketing Plan” (Thomas Roufos)
  • Summer 2011 Political Science Internship Abroad in Vicenza, Italy Chamber of Deputies – Italy (Piergiacomo Mion)
  • Spring 2011 REDI Internship Project on Leominster Housing Authority “Mechanic Street” Development (Jeffrey Anderson)
  • Spring 2011 REDI-Massachusetts Broadband Institute/Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Internship (Matthew Sullivan)
  • Fall 2010-Spring 2011 Independent Study/Master’s Thesis Project on “Practical Arts Progression at Fitchburg State During the Interwar Period” (Michael Kushmerek)
  • Summer 2010 Political Science Internship Abroad (1st International Student at University to gain internship credit abroad) “Banca Popolare di Vicenza” – Italy (Piergiacomo Mion)
  • Summer-fall 2010 Master’s Degree Thesis on “Seizing Youth: Nazi Propaganda and the Struggle to Win over the Loyalty of German Youth” (Jennifer C. Brideau)
  • Fall 2008 Bachelor's Degree Senior Seminar Paper on “Revolutions in the Modern Era” (Ian James)
  • Spring 2007 Bachelor's Degree Senior Seminar Paper on "International Communication & Political Stability
  • In the Twenty-first Century: Americanization and Two Case Studies from 1996-2004" (Senior Seminar Advisor for Michael Miner)
  • Spring 2007 Bachelor's Degree Senior Seminar Paper on "Protecting the King: The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s 2005 Election" (Jessica Guiney)
  • Fall-Winter 2005-2006 Bachelor’s Degree Senior Seminar Paper on “The Iraq War and the Media, 2002-2004” (Senior Seminar Advisor for Jason Cole)
  • Spring-Summer 2004 Master’s Degree Thesis on “The Usefulness of Brainstorming in Innovative Group Problem Solving” (Timothy M. Card)
  • Spring 2004 Bachelor’s Degree Senior Seminar Paper on “Spinning Webs and Building Roads” [Middle East peace process and its challenges] (Matthew R. Germain)

Media Interviews and Online Articles:

New York Times (including, source on February-March 2002 article series: training of terrorist networks and their global impact); Washington Post; Washington Post.Com; London Sunday Times; Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal & Constitution; San Francisco Chronicle; CNBC News (TV); ABC News.Com; Cleveland Plain Dealer; Dallas Morning News; Orlando Sentinel; U.S. News & World Report; USA Today; CFRA News Talk Radio (Canada); Liberation (France); O Globo (Brazil); Politiken (Denmark); Insight Magazine; Homeland Defense Journal; Nickelodeon (TV); Reuters; AP; Defense News; Stars and Stripes; The Epoch News; Columbia Missourian; San Diego Union Tribune; Worcester Telegram; Lawrence-Andover Eagle-Tribune; Lowell Sun; Savannah Morning News; Foster's Sunday Citizen; WBZ News; Acton Beacon; Neponset News, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg Point, Merrimack College Beacon, The Open Mic with Randy Feldman