Speaker Biographies

Professor, Informatics, Indiana University
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Prof. Camp has a research agenda that is centered on the intersection of security and society, particularly on the intersection of security and economics.These are combined in a specific project Net Trust: Informing Trust Decisions a privacy-enhancing mechanism to inform trust decisions by leveraging social browsing. Net Trust has been designed using a value-sensitive design mechanism. Prof. Camp has also taken the lead in authoring the undergraduate cognate, graduate programs and doctoral course of study in security. These are the doctoral program track in security, the first and only degree program in HCI/Security at the masters level in the nation, an undergraduate concentration in security, and a masters in security. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Professor Camp joined Informatics after becoming an Associate Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She was affiliated with the Program for Internet and Telecoms Convergence for nearly a decade. While at Harvard she was affiliated with the National Center for Digital Government.

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Ph.D., Political Science at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow with the India Project in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, following a career as a professor of political science and history at the University of Illinois. In 2004, he was named by the World Affairs Councils of America as one of America’s 500 most influential people in the area of foreign policy. Cohen is the author, co-author or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues, the most recent being Shooting for a Century, The India-Pakistan Conundrum (Brookings Institution Press, 2013) and The Future of Pakistan (Brookings Institution Press, 2011). He has also written books on India, Pakistan, nuclear proliferation, disaster management and the application of technology to the prevention or amelioration of terrorism.

Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, CSIS Center for Strategic and International Studies
PHD., University of London

At CSIS, he has been the director of the Gulf Net Assessment Project and the Gulf in Transition study, and Principal Investigator of the CSIS Homeland Defense Project. He directed the Middle East Net Assessment Program, acted as Co-Director of the Strategic Energy Initiative, and directed the project on Saudi Arabia Enters the 21st Century. He is the author of a wide range of studies of energy policy, and has written extensively on oil and energy risks and issues, and is the co-author of The Global Oil Market: Risks and Uncertainties, CSIS, 2006. He has also written extensively on oil and energy risks and issues, and is the co-author of The Global Oil Market: Risks and Uncertainties, CSIS, 2006. He is a former Professor of National Security Studies at Georgetown University and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution. Cordesman served as national security assistant to Senator John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as civilian assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. He is also a former director of intelligence assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He has been visiting and lecturing in Asia since the 1960s, and is a Senior Advisor to the U.S.-Asia Institute. He was a guest lecturer in China on energy and Middle East security for the State Department in 2007. He is the co-author of Chinese Military Modernization: Force Development and Strategic Capabilities, CSIS, Washington, 2007. Cordesman has authored over 50 books on U.S. security policy, military strategy, energy policy, and the Middle East.

Chief of Historical Services
Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Barracks
Ph.D from Stanford University

Previous to his current position Dr. Crane was Director of the US Army Military History Institute. Before accepting that position, Dr. Crane served with the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College from September 2000 to January 2003, where he held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research.  He also has held the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Chair of Aerospace Studies at the War College. He joined SSI after his retirement from active military service, a 26-year military career that concluded with 9 years as Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy. He has authored or edited books and monographs on the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and has written and lectured widely on airpower and landpower issues. Before leaving SSI he coauthored a prewar study on Reconstructing Iraq that influenced Army planners and has attracted much attention from the media. He was the lead author for the Army-USMC counterinsurgency manual which was released in December, 2006. For that effort he was named one of NEWSWEEK’s people to watch in 2007. He visited Iraq in November 2007 at General David Petraeus’ request to evaluate the new doctrine in action. In November 2008, he was named the international Archivist of the Year by the Scone Foundation.

Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan

Professor Diehl serves as Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. From 2008-2013, he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Interactions. Professor Diehl is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including those from the National Science Foundation and United States Institute of Peace. He was the 1998 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award given by the International Studies Association to the leading young scholar on peace and conflict issues. He is past President of the Peace Science Society (International) and President-Elect of the International Studies Association.  His books include International Mediation (Polity Press 2012), The Dynamics of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Evaluating Peace Operations (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), Peace Operations (Polity Press, 2008), War and Peace in International Rivalry (University of Michigan Press, 2000).

Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies and
Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute.
Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hentz has contributed articles to journals and edited volumes, including Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of Modern African Studies, Defense and Security Analysis, Hoover Digest, Orbis, and the Review of International Studies. He is the editor of The Routledge Handbook on African Security (Taylor & Francis/Routledge Press, 2013).  He is the co-editor of New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the National State (2003), editor of Obligation of Empire: U.S. Grand Strategy for a New Century (2004), and author of South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation (Indiana University Press, 2005). He is editor-in-chief of the Taylor & Francis/Routledge journal African Security. In 1993/94 he was a visiting scholar at Rand Afrikaans University (Johannesburg); in 2003 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Miklós Zrínyi National Defense University, Hungary; and in the summer of 2007 he was awarded the Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute. Dr. Hentz won the 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award for the state of Virginia, from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Dr. Hentz’s most recent book is the forthcoming, The Nature of War in Africa.

Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East and University Scholar in International Law and Diplomacy, Maurer School of Law; Indiana University
SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science), Northwestern University, 2009

Dr. Istrabadi was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, New York, 2004-2007. Ambassador Istrabadi focuses his research on the processes of building legal and political institutions in countries in transition from dictatorship to democracy. He brings a mulit-disciplinary approach to studying the emergence of constitutionalism in such societies, including questions of timing and legitimacy, issues of transitional justice, and the political and cultural factors which influence the process of democratization. Ambassador Istrabadi lectures often at universities and think tanks on Iraq-related issues. He appears frequently in national and international media. Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Ambassador Istrabadi served as a legal advisor to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs during the negotiations for U.N. Security Council resolution 1546 of June 8, 2004, which recognized the reassertion by Iraq of its sovereignty. He was also principal legal drafter of Iraq’s interim constitution, the Law of Administration of the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period, and principal author of its Bill of Fundamental Rights. Before contributing to the reconstruction of Iraq, Mr. Istrabadi was a practicing trial lawyer in the United States for 15 years, with approximately 70 civil trials in federal and state courts, focusing on civil rights, employment discrimination, and constitutional torts. He also served a Senior Legal Fellow for Legal Reform and Development in the Arab World at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University’s College of Law in Chicago.


Director, Center for Global Studies, Emeritus Research, and
Professor, Political Science; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Professor Kolodziej, Emeritus Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1973-2001), is currently Director of the Center for Global Studies, a National Resource Center under Title VI of the Department of Education and Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS), both at University of Illinois.. Professor Kolodziej has also served as Head of the Department of Political Science (1973-77). He is a co-founder and served as the first Director of ACDIS (1983-1986). Professor Kolodziej has written or edited fourteen books on security, foreign policy, and global politics; contributed more than 120 articles to professional journals; and lectured in over 40 countries around the world. He is the recipient of many grants and awards, notably from the Ford, Rockefeller, and MacArthur Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, NATO, Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson Center, Fulbright, U.S. Institute of Peace, IREX, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Center for Advanced Study (University of Illinois), and the US Department of Education (Title VI).

Research Professor of Physics, The Brand and Monica Fortner Endowed Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics (emeritus)
D. Phil., Oxford University

Professor Lamb earned a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967 and a D.Phil. in theoretical physics from Oxford University in 1970. A fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1970 to 1972, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1972 as an assistant professor of physics and became a full professor in 1978. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 papers in books and journals. In addition to his leading role in astrophysics, he has served as an expert consultant to U.S. government agencies and as a member of U.S. government panels on national security and arms control questions. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his pioneering research in X-ray astronomy, and the Leo Szilard Award of the American Physical Society for his important contributions to verification of nuclear test bans and analysis of missile defenses. In 1981, he initiated and co-developed the course Physics/Global Studies 280: Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control, which has been taught every year since, usually by Professor Lamb.

George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
PhD, Stanford University

David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, having also served as Dean of Faculty from 2004-2012. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, he is the author of many books including, The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (University of California Press, 2008), with prior publications appearing in: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other venues popular and academic in both the western world and in Chinese speaking societies. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. Dr. Lampton headed the China Studies programs at the American Enterprise Institute and at The Nixon Center (now The Center for National Interest), having previously worked at the National Academy of Sciences and having started his teaching career at Ohio State University. He has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies, is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was the inaugural winner of the Scalapino Prize in July 2010 awarded by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, will be published by University of California Press in January 2014. He consults with government, business, foundations, and is on the board of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including the Executive Committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Colorado College’s Board of Trustees. He was a fireman at Stanford University in his undergraduate days and was in the enlisted and officer ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Major, United States Air Force
PhD Candidate, George Washington University

Jacquelyn Schneider is a PhD student in Political Science at George Washington University. Her research focuses on the intersection of national security, technology, and politcal psychology. She has been published in Strategic Studies Quarterly and won awards for Best Graduate Student Paper at both the International Studies Association Annual Meeting (Foreign Policy Section and International Security Studies Section) and the Southwestern Social Sciences Association Annual Meeting.  Further, she is a two-time award winner of the AFCEA National Intelligence Writing Contest and alumni of Columbia’s Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Strategy and UC-San Diego’s Public Policy and Nuclear Threat Training Camp. Before beginning her academic career, Jacquelyn spent six years as an Air Force officer in South Korea and Japan. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and a M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Senior Fellow, National Intelligence
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Jennifer Sims joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in December 2009 as a senior fellow on national intelligence. Sims is a widely recognized expert in the intelligence community, and also serves as professor and the director of intelligence studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Sims was previously deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence coordination and later served as an intelligence advisor to the under secretary for management and coordinator for intelligence resources and planning at the US Department of State. She also served as a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as a legislative assistant to Senator John Danforth on foreign and defense policy. In 1998, Sims was the recipient of the intelligence community’s highest civilian award, the National Distinguished Service Medal. She has written many publications on defense technology and arms control and her current research addresses intelligence support to counter-terrorism, counter proliferation, and homeland security. Sims is currently writing a book on reforming US intelligence organization and practices.

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Professor, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, UIUC
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley

Clifford E. Singer is Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois, and is currently co-director of the College of Engineering Initiative on Energy and Sustainability Engineering. Singer received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. He subsequently did research in plasma physics, advanced space propulsion, and the computational simulation of thermonuclear plasma performance at the University of London, Princeton University, and the University of Illinois. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institutes for Strömungsforschung and Plasmaphysik at Göttingen and Garching in Germany and is a member of American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society. Singer has worked extensively on issues related to the cessation of production of nuclear materials for nuclear explosives programs, including related matters dealing with outer space and the future of nuclear explosives stockpiles. He is currently supervising research on global energy economics with emphasis on spent nuclear fuel management, sources of energy for transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to completing a sabbatical leave at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Center for Technology and Security Policy in Washington, DC, he was the Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS).

Professor of Government, Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College
Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois

Professor Ulrich has also taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Baltic Defense College, and the Japanese National Defense Academy. She served 15 years in the active U.S. Air Force as a navigator on KC-135Q refueling planes and as a political science instructor. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and is an international political military affairs officer. Dr. Ulrich has written extensively in the field of strategic studies with special emphasis on European security, civil-military relations, and national security democratization issues. Among her numerous publications is a book, Democratizing Communist Militaries: The Cases of the Czech and Russian Armed Forces (1999). Dr. Ulrich received a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Professor of Microbiology at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Ph.D., (Chemistry) John Hopkins University, 1989
Postdoctoral (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics), Harvard Medical School, 1989-1993

Dr. Brenda Wilson is currently a professor of microbiology at UIUC, After receiving her BA degree in Biochemistry and German from Barnard College, New York in 1981 and studying Biochemistry at the Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany, she went on to earn her MA and PhD degrees in Chemistry in 1989 from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Ernest M. Marks Achievement Award for research excellence and an American Association for University Women doctoral fellowship. Dr. Wilson then received her postdoctoral training in microbiology through a National Institutes of Health postdocotoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Her first tenured faculty appointment in 1993 was in the Department of Biochemistry at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She joined the Department of Microbiology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UIUC in 1999 as an Associate Professor and is now a full professor. She served from 2004-2013 as Theme Leader in the Institute for Genomic Biology at UIUC. As a professor she has mentored 27 graduate students, 30 postdoctoral scientists, and over 100 undergraduate students in her laboratory. She has received significant and continuous research funding from NIH, NSF, USDA, DARPA and other external agencies totaling over $11M in direct costs. She has published over 110 research papers, review articles or book chapters, including an acclaimed microbiology textbook: Bacterial Pathogenesis: A Molecular Approach, 3rd Edition, ASM Press, 2011.