Joshua Spero

Economics, History and Political Science School of Arts and Sciences
Joshua Spero, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science/International Relations
978.665.3214 Office: Miller Hall, 306
Office Hours
Winter-Spring 2024

On Sabbatical for Winter-Spring 2024

Courses Taught

Introduction to International Relations (POLS 1300)
Global Issues (POLS/IDIS 1800)
Europe Today/Study Abroad (POLS/HIST 2110)
International Law and Organizations (POLS 2701)
The Conduct of American Foreign Policy (POLS 3400)
International Terrorism (POLS/CJ 3510)
Capstone Seminar in Political Science (POLS 4000)
Internship in Political Science (POLS 4940) / Every semester with permission of Dr. Spero
Understanding Government Decision Making (POLS 4360)
Washington Center Academic & Internship Program/ Every semester with permission of Dr. Spero


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., Brandeis University
Professor of Political Science/International Politics, 2003

Teaching/Research Development

Teaching / Study Abroad (since 2015): Organized and Lead -- "Heart of Europe" Spring Break Trip to: The Netherlands, Germany, Poland (with partnership universities in Germany/Rhine-Waal University and Poland/University of Warsaw):

  • Conceived and implemented the "Heart of Europe" trip as the first Fitchburg State University trip to Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium (2015, 2017, 2019, 2022, 2023).
  • Conducted Google Meet sessions with Rhine-Waal University (Germany / RWU) faculty and students (during the COVID-19 pandemic) for: 
    • FSU/RWU course-to-course (FSU/ “Europe Today” Course) simulation crisis management games during the spring 2021 semester.
    • Adapted due to pandemic travel restrictions, as part of the expanding FSU-RWU partnership.

Faculty-Student Collaboration through Fitchburg State University/FSU partnership with: Rhine-Waal University/RWU (Kleve & Kamp-Lintfort, Germany) – 2019 - Present:

  • Joint FSU-RWU research project on “How U.S. and European Collegiate Students Strengthen Transatlantic Trust with Partnerships” in independent studies with FSU Political Science Majors: Ms. Samantha Beauchamp, Ms. Theresa Dzierwinski, and Ms. Theresa Klobucher).
  • Development of the FSU-RWU Double Degree Program in International Business & Economics.

Faculty-Student Collaboration: Research Project with FSU Political Science Majors: Ms. Rebecca Hess & Mr. Oscar Pimentel (FSU Research Assistants/independent studies)

  • Trip to Warsaw & Kraków, Poland to discuss with University of Warsaw and Polish Institute of International Affairs experts: “The Fate of Transatlantic Relations and North Atlantic Treaty Organization-European Union Joint Missions.” (Spring 2022).
  • Research project featured as a descriptive poster at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

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)
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Cooperative security
  • Preventive diplomacy (conflict prevention)
  • Ethno-national conflict/resolution
  • Civil-military relations


  • 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)
  • FSU/New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) Standard 9 (Integrity, Transparency, & Public Disclosure) - (2020-2021)
  • Strategic Planning Committee: Subcommittee: "Build on the University as an Anchor Institution and Steward of Place" (2019-2020)
  • 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, 2022-2023
  • 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, 2013-2022)
  • 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 Publications:

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 (2007-2018):

  • 2018: Mr. Andrew Pottel (FSU, 2009), Dean of Students, Northeast Maritime Institute & Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, Dominica Maritime Administration - "Why Shipping Matters: International Maritime Law and the Global Shipping Industry."
  • 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)


Essays and Chapters

  • "Partnerships for Peace," chapter in Research Handbook on NATO (Edward Elgar publishers), 2021
  • Security Issues: NATO and Beyond (revised chapter) in eds. Sharon Wolchik & Jane Curry. Central and East European Politics, 4th Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Russian 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Resolutions to Political DifferencesWorcester Telegram & Gazette. December 17, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Looking Beyond NATO and EU Enlargement: Northeastern Europe and Russian Security Dynamics. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2003).
  • The International Coalition against Terrorism. Insight Magazine (December 3, 2001), pp. 41-43.
  • Central European Security. Problems of Communism (Nov-Dec 1991), pp. 141-151. (Refereed)


  • NATO’s Precarious Future. International Affairs Forum. Taylor & Francis Online (UK). December 2013.
  • Great Power Security Dilemmas for Pivotal Middle Power Bridging. Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 30, No. 1 (April 2009) -- (Refereed)
  • 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.
  • The Budapest-Prague-Warsaw Triangle: Central European Security After Visegrad. European Security, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1992), pp. 58-83. (Refereed)


  • 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.

Book Reviews

  • New Europe: The Impact of the First Decade. Slavic Review, Vols. 1-2. Edited by Teresa Rakowska-Harmstone and Piotr Dutkiewicz. Summer 2008.
  • Soft or Hard Borders? Managing the Divide in an Enlarged Europe. Slavic Review, ed. Joan DeBardeleben. Fall 2006.
  • Frank Schimmelfennig, The EU, NATO, and the Integration of Europe: Rules and Rhetoric. Slavic Review. Summer 2005.
  • Janine Wedel, Collision & Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe.  Journal of Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 2004. (New York: Palgrave, 2001).

Op-Ed Columns (Newspapers):


  • “Ukraine’s Integration and Euro-Atlantic Security’s Transformation” / 1945 (April 25, 2022); Republished as: “Faculty Perspective” Fitchburg State University (April 26, 2022)
  • “Transatlantic Ties That Bind Europe” / The Hill (August 28, 2021)
  • "Bridging the Transatlantic Divide Strengthens the U.S," The Hill (January 12, 2021)
  • "The U.S.-Iran Confrontation and Iraq's Uncertain Fate - Yet Again," Lowell Sun/Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (January 2020); Republished as: “Faculty Perspective” Fitchburg State University (January 16, 2020)
  • 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.


  • 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


  • National Public Service Award nomination, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff


  • Johns Hopkins SAIS Doctoral Fellowship (also 1991-1993)


  • Dartmouth College Post Doctoral Research Fellowship


  • Who's Who in America (Marquis)
  • Knight Cross of the Order of Merit (President, Republic of Poland)


  • Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation Award
  • Online Teaching Stipend (Develop FSC Global Issues Summer/AY Course)
  • Fitchburg State College Advisor of the Year


  • Fitchburg State Butler Grant Award (provided to student, Mr. Eric Gregoire 


  • Fitchburg State University Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship


  • Fitchburg State Faculty Scholarship (Political Science) Special Projects Grant (student funds) 


  • Fitchburg State Office of Academic Affairs Special REDI Projects Grant (funding for students)
  • Fitchburg State University's Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching


  • 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
  • Fitchburg State University’s Special Projects Grant for faculty travel (Bolivia/book manuscript research)
  • Fitchburg State University Sabbatical to research/write book manuscript (Middle Powers Matter Regionally: Critical Foreign Policy Junctures for Poland, South Korea, Bolivia)
  • Fitchburg State University’s Harrod Lecture Series Recipient: “Bridging South America's Divide: Indigenous Ruling Bolivia (2006-2009)"


  • Fitchburg State University's Special Projects Grant to support faculty scholarship/Research Assistant Award
  • Fitchburg State University's Special Projects Grant to support faculty scholarship/Research Assistant Award; Faculty Union Research/Travel Scholarships

Travel (since 1985)

  • Austria
  • Belgium (NATO & SHAPE Headquarters)
  • Bolivia
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • Across the United States

Conference/Forum Panels/Presentations:

* 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.


  • "The Implications for the USSR's Collapse," World Affairs Council, April 1993
  • "The US Role in Changing NATO," Women In International Security, October 1996
  • "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 Vision for Eurasian Security and Partnership in the Newly Independent States," Freedom House Visiting Fellows, May 1998
  • Panel chair and Organizer, International Studies Association, International Security Studies Section, "Promoting Regional Stability? NATO in the Post-Kosovo Era." November 1999


  • "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 Presentation, "Institutional Change and Identity in Foreign Policy Priorities: Models for European Regional Security Cooperation and Integration," ISA Convention. February 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
  • "Bridging Leadership and Cooperation for Transatlantic Security," Star Island (NH) International Affairs Conference, July 2001
  • "Paths to Peace for NATOs Partnerships in Eurasia." Kent State University, September, 2001
  • Panel Presentation, "Dealing with Tragedy: The Pentagon and New York," Special Merrimack College Political Science Forum Discussion. September 2001


  • 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
  • "From the Pentagon to Merrimack College," Senior Center, Andover, Massachusetts, April 2002
  • "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
  • Panel Presentation, "Blood, Sweat, Tears: A Time for Remembrance," Merrimack College, September 2002
  • "Enlarging the Euro-Atlantic Space: Problems and Prospects for Northeastern and Southeastern Europe" (Stanley Foundation/Woodrow Wilson Int'l Center for Scholars), Hungary, September 2002
  • "Looking Beyond NATO and EU Enlargement: Northeastern Europe and Russian Security Dynamics," Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, December 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
  • Panel Chair/Discussant, "Political Violence: From 9/11 on?" (NEPSA) November 2002.


  • Panel Presentation, "Pacifism and Politics: Views on War With Iraq," Merrimack College (2/2003)
  • "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, November 2003


  • Panel Presentation, Iraq: One Year Later, Fitchburg College, March 2004
  • Suffolk University Law School and Center for Global Solutions, April 2004: An Effective NATO-European Relationship in a Post-9/11 World?
  • Panel Chair/Discussant: Change and Continuity in Russia, Northeast Political Science Association/International Studies Association, November 2004


  • Panelist, You Say You Want A Revolution...Political Change in the Former Soviet Bloc, April 2005


  • Carlton University/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, Canada, June 2006: “The Transatlantic Security Triangle: Where Does Canada Fit?
  • Panel Discussant, “The US Role Globally and Constitutional Impact Locally,” FSC (September 2006)
  • Panel Presentation, “Do Middle Powers Matter for Great Power Security Dilemmas?” Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA) and International Studies Association (ISA) Northeast (Nov 2006)


  • 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 "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)
  • Panel Presentation, "Distance Learning via Blackboard," FSC Center for Teaching and Learning (July 2007)


  • 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)
  • Round Table Panelist: “Roundtable on America, Europe, and the World: Is NATO Dead or Alive?” Council on Foreign Relations (Washington, DC, May 2008)
  • Round Table Panelist: “Terrorist Groups and their Strategic contexts” American Political Science Association Annual Convention (Boston, August 2008)


  • FSC Leadership Conference Presenter: "Simulation Gaming for Career Leadership" (April 2009)
  • 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, August 24, 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)
  • Fitchburg State College Speakers Series: "Getting 'REDI' at Fitchburg State and for North Central Massachusetts” (November 2009)


  • Forum Presentation: REDI Campus Research Forum on "Bringing Broadband to North Central Massachusetts" (September 2010)
  • 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)


  • 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: 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)
  • Forum Panelist: Fitchburg State & Sentinel and Enterprise Hosted debate for Leominster City Council and School Committee Political Elections, Leominster Public Library (November 2011)


  • Fitchburg State University Center for Teaching and Learning Panel: “Ready with REDI: Research Internships into Action (Grasshopper Series” (February 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)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Public Press Conference on “The State of the North Central Massachusetts Economy” (October 2012)
  • 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 Economic Development Indicators Presentation by Dr. Jane Zhang and Dr. Luis Rosero to Municipal Leaders from across North Central Massachusetts (February 2013)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State Department of Economics, History, and Political Science Co-Hosted with REDI: Affari di Famiglia (Family Business) Forum (March 2013)
  • Great Decision Program, Westminster Library, “Threat Assessment Overview” (April 2013)
  • Fitchburg State University/Core to College Seminar: “Critical Thinking, Research, Writing, and Role-Playing” (May 2013)
  • Moderator: Fitchburg State REDI Economic Development Indicators Presentation by Dr. Jane Zhang and Dr. Luis Rosero to REDI Advisory Board (June 2013)
  • McKinsey & Company (Waltham, MA), “Crisis Management Decision-making” (September 2013)


  • Panelist: Fitchburg State-Department of Nursing Forum on the Award-Winning Film, Escape Fire (February 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-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)


  • Montachusett Regional Planning Commission: Partnership & Cost of Living Data Analysis Across Fitchburg-Leominster, MA (February 2015)
  • Fitchburg State University/“Leadership & Development” Series: “Simulating Crisis Management Decision-making” (March 2015)
  • Panelist: Fitchburg State-Sentinel & Enterprise Co-Sponsored City of Fitchburg Mayoral Debate (September 2015)


  • National Defense University/Institute for National Strategic Studies: “NATO’s Long-term Revitalization for U.S.-European Transatlantic Security” (February 2016)
  • 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)


  • Speaker/Moderator: Great Decision Program, Westminster Library, “U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum” (March 2017)
  • Panelist: "Public Service in the Age of Political Discourse," Fitchburg State Falcon Faculty Forum Radio Program (December 2017)


  • Great Decision Program, Westminster Library, "Russian Foreign Policy" (March 2018)
  • Documentary Participant: "The Orators," Fitchburg State Student Produced Documentary on Political Persuasion (April 2018)
  • Chelmsford, MA Military Community Covenant 9/11 Commemoration Speaker, "Serving Communities Larger Than Ourselves" (September 2018)


  • Career Development Speaker: "International Careers and Public Service," Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Career Day (January 2019)
  • Great Decision Program, Westminster Library, "The Rise of Populism in Europe" (March 2019), joined by 8 Fitchburg State University students in discussion from the "Europe Today" Course/Study Abroad.
  • Book Presentation to Fitchburg State University Community "Middle Powers and Regional Influence: Critical Foreign Policy Junctures for Poland, South Korea, and Bolivia," Department of Economics, History, & Political Science; Center for Faculty Scholarship; Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library (April 2019)
  • Career Development Speaker: "International Careers and Public Service," Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Career Day (October 2019)
  • Career Development Speaker to Fitchburg State University Student Development's Falcon Leadership Certification Program (2 student sessions, October 2019)


  • Forum Participant: "Post-Election Forum: Insights and Answers to U.S. Election" via Google Meet (November 2020)
  • Faculty Moderator: Fitchburg State/Germany Partner Rhine-Waal University-to-University U.S. Election Night Webex Discussion (November 2020)
  • Faculty Moderator: Falcon Talks: Dr. Michael Miner '08 Presents "Beyond 2020: America, China, and World Order" (Fitchburg State University/Google Meet June 2020)
  • Faculty Research Spotlight: Lead article in Research Live, Center for Faculty Scholarship, "Bridging Divides and Building Trust" (March 2020)


  • Forum Participant: “Ukraine, Russia’s War, and Euro-Atlantic Security’s Transformation” with the Department of Economics, History, and Political Science, Student Government Association, Office of Student Development (April 2022)
  • Career Development Speaker: “International Careers and Public Service,” Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Career Day (October 2021)
  • Career Development Speaker: “International Careers and Public Service,” Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Career Day (April 2021)

​​​​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)


  • Ms. Lexus Asibey (Mediation Services) 
  • Mr. Noah Forget (Pusateri & Wilson Law Firm)
  • Ms. Rebecca Hess (MA State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office) and Independent Study on Transatlantic Relations
  • Mr. Nicholas Kugel (Leominster State Representative Natalie Higgins’ Office)
  • Ms. Mystique Lacy (MASSPIRG / Fitchburg State University)
  • Mr. Anthony Marcella (MA State Senate John Cronin's Office)
  • Mr. Oscar Burgos Pimentel (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute / Washington, DC) and Independent Study on Transatlantic Relations
  • Mr. Pedro Soares (Fitchburg State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office) 

Washington Center Program Interns

  • Mr. Tristan Bourgeois (RetireSafe)
  • Ms. Ashley Dubois (Voices for a Second Chance)


  • Ms. Samantha Beauchamp (US Congresswoman Lori Trahan's Office)
  • Ms. Emily Beauvais (Three Pyramids, Inc.)
  • Mr. Liam Celuzza (Research Results)
  • Ms. Theresa Dzierwinski (International Institute of New England)
  • Ms. Rebecca Hess (MA State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office)
  • Mr. Benjamin Hill (MASSPIRG/Fitchburg State University)
  • Mr. Ian McGuirk (MA State Senate John Cronin's Office)
  • Mr. Shaughn O'Halloran-Ciccolo (MA State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office)
  • Mr. Pedro Soares (MA State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office)
  • Mr. Sani Zuntu (MA State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office and MA State Representative Jessica Gianinno's Office)

Washington Center Program Interns

  • Ms. Ruthny Bonnet (Jubilee Housing)
  • Ms. Courtney Ingersoll (National Legal Aid and Defense Associates)


  • Ms. Samantha Beauchamp (MA Governor's Office) and Independent Study (FSU & Rhine-Waal University Research Project)
  • Ms. Emily Beauvais (MASSPIRG, Fitchburg State University Chapter)
  • Mr. Connor Boland (Fitchburg City Agencies: Community Development Department & City Clerk's Office)
  • Ms. Theresa Dzierwinski (MA State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office) and Independent Study (FSU & Rhine-Waal University Research Project)
  • Mr. Andrew Harrington (Fitchburg Mayor's Office)
  • Ms. Theresa Klobucher, Independent Study (FSU & Rhine-Waal University Research Project)
  • Ms. Brianna Leone (Pusateri & Wilson, Attorneys at Law)
  • Ms. Kajahna Matos (Lawrence District and Superior Court/Public Defender Division)
  • Ms. Sharie Melendez (Law Office of Fitchburg Attorney Vaillancourt)
  • Mr. Luis Reveron (Fitchburg City Clerk's Office and Fitchburg Human Resources Department)
  • Ms. Rehema Rwakabuba (International Institute of New England/Lowell)
  • Ms. Autumn Tyler (MA State Representative Michael Kushmerek's Office)
  • Mr. Kai Wilson (Fitchburg City Clerk's Office; Fitchburg Historical Society)

Washington Center Program Interns

  • Mr. Arno Bounphasaysonh (InterAction)
  • Mr. Joshua Blair (Dacor Bacon House/Ringgold Marshall Museum)
  • Mr. Nicholas Coddington (American Public Transportation Association)
  • Mr. Anthony Collins (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Mr. Christopher Dickey (United States Marshals Service's D.C. Superior Court)
  • Ms. Meryem Majaoudou (The Potomac Advocates)
  • Mr. Joshua Mandaglio (Smithsonian Air & Space Museum)
  • Mr. Matthew Murphy (Federal Practice Group, Washington)
  • Ms. Hannah Pollan (National Association for Federally Impacted Schools)

Summer & Fall 2019

  • Ms. Crystal Aneke (Boston Student Advisory Council at Boston Public School Headquarters)
  • Mr. Matthew Murphy (State Representative Driscoll's Office, State House in Boston)
  • Mr. Timothy Enwright (LaPointe Law Office, Winchendon)
  • Ms. Hannah Pollan (Fitchburg Mayor's Office)

Washington Center Program Interns

  • Ms. Theresa Klobucher (Federal Trade Commission, Washington)
  • Ms. Danielle Neild (Caregiver Action Network, Washington)

Spring 2019

  • Ms. Ashley Cournoyer (Fusaro, Altomare & Ermilio, P.C.)
  • Mr. Haviland Fleming (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office)
  • Ms. Theresa Klobucher (Pusateri & Wilson Law Firm)
  • Ms. Sharie Melendez (Worcester Court House)
  • Ms. Hailey O'Brien (Fitchburg State Senator Tran's Office)
  • Mr. Alexander Ramos (US Congressman McGovern's Office/Leominster)

Washington Center Program Interns

  • Ms. Megghan Duffy (RespectAbility)
  • Ms. Kathryn Evancic (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention)
  • Ms. Elizabeth Pauleus (Lawyers Without Borders)
  • Mr. Philip Spadano (Open World Leadership Center)

Fall 2018

  • Mr. Matthew Badagliacca (Fitchburg State Representative Hay's Office)
  • Ms. Arminda Baptista (Pusateri & Wilson Law Firm)
  • Mr. Arno Bounphasaysonh (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office; Community Development)
  • Ms. Shaina Cruel-Reynoso (City of Fitchburg Council Chairman's Office)
  • Mr. Anthony Ferrari (Worcester Court House)
  • Ms. Zoë Frati (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office)
  • Ms. Jasmin Pezzella (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office; Community Development)

Washington Center Program Interns

  • Mr. Nicholas Fortin (Household and Commercial Products Association)
  • Mr. James Sampson (The Potomac Advocates)
  • Ms. Jewelia Smith (Voices for a Second Chance)

Spring & Summer 2018

  • Mr. Connor Balous (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office; Health Department)
  • Ms. Kajahna Matos (Victim Witness Services Department at the Essex County District Attorney's Office)
  • Ms. Miranda Monaghan (Audette, Cordeiro & Violette Attorneys at Law)
  • Mr. Alexander Ramos (City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office)
  • Mr. Troy Sargent (Pawlak & Higgins Law Office)

Washington Center Program Interns

  • Mr. Collin Carollo (El-Hibri Foundation)
  • Mr. Ethan Comrie (US Marshall's Office)
  • Mr. Gonzalo Camprecious Gari (The Chwat Group)
  • Ms. Katrina Syrakos (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

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)
  • “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

  • 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)
  • Leominster Housing Authority in Leominster, MA (Mitchell Williams)
  • Leominster Housing Authority in Leominster, MA (Shane Burdick)
  •  “Cost of Living & Economic Development Indicators” (Emma Weisman)
  • “Expanding Marketing Plan” (Thomas Roufos)

Fall 2011 Political Science Internship

  • Fitchburg, MA, Mayor's Office (Nathan LaRose) 
  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • “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

  •  “Revolutions in the Modern Era” (Ian James)

Spring 2007 Bachelor's Degree Senior Seminar Paper

  • "International Communication & Political Stability
  • In the Twenty-first Century: Americanization and Two Case Studies from 1996-2004" (Senior Seminar Advisor for Michael Miner)
  • "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

  • “The Iraq War and the Media, 2002-2004” (Senior Seminar Advisor for Jason Cole)

Spring-Summer 2004 Master’s Degree Thesis

  • “The Usefulness of Brainstorming in Innovative Group Problem Solving” (Timothy M. Card)

Spring 2004 Bachelor’s Degree Senior Seminar Paper

  • “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