E d u c a t i o n
University of Maryland 2015–current; expected 2021
Candidate for Ph.D. in Government and Politics College Park, MD
M.A. in Government and Politics 2017
Dissertation: Effects of oil/gas discovery on maritime boundary formation
Subfields: International Relations & Comparative Politics (passed comprehensive exams)
Service: Associate Director, “College Park Scholars” International Studies program
Faculty Advisor, Model Organization of American States (OAS)
Teaching: International Studies Colloquium I & II – interdisciplinary survey courses (x6 semesters); International Studies Guided Research (x3). Teaching Assistant: Ethics in International Relations (x3); Intro. to International Relations; The Constitution & Civil Rights
U.S. Naval War College, College of Distance Education 2014–current; expected 2020
Candidate for M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies; completed JPME I Newport, RI
Subfield: Asia-Pacific area studies
Award: First Prize in international law contest with essay on South China Sea arbitration prospects
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna 2009–2010
Master of Advanced International Studies Vienna, Austria
Thesis: “Relations between De Facto States: Eurasian Quartet or Four Post-Soviet Soloists?”
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies 2008–2009
Graduate Diploma in International Economics and Russian / Eurasian Studies Bologna, Italy
U.S. Naval Academy 2000–2004
B.S. in Political Science, Russian minor, cum laude Annapolis, MD
Award: Harry E. Ward Medal for Russian Studies from the Office of Naval Intelligence
N a v y R e s e r v e E x p e r i e n c e
NR SOCOM CWMD reserve unit (Ft. Belvoir, VA): Commanding Officer 2019–current
Leading diverse 20-member unit filling part-time support requirements to a command focused on countering global threats from weapons of mass destruction
Foreign Area Officer (Europe & Eurasia region) 2019–current
Training completed in security cooperation and various strategic-level topics
Navy Space Cadre: member 2018–current
Demonstrated knowledge of space topics through completion of Personal Qualification Standard; Completed additional 4-week intermediate-level training in national security space topics
Published article in professional magazine as part of Navy Space Cadre recruiting effort
NR USSTRATCOM HQ; NR CHINFO HQ: Public Affairs Officer 2014–2019
Provided exercise support and backfilling for U.S. Strategic Command’s full-time public affairs staff
Supported Navy’s Office of the Chief of Information (Pentagon), responding to media queries, preparing senior leader statements, etc.
Reserve unit roles included Admin Department Head and Manpower Department Head
NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan: Activated and deployed as Senior Mentor 2012–2013
Led six mentors at Afghan Police Regional Logistics Center to ensure sustainable transition of contracting and logistics from NATO to Afghans
Later oversaw ten mentors and 120 contractors at Afghan Police and Army training centers in four provinces; Fully transitioned Police Regional Training Center-Kandahar to Afghan control
Naval Forces Europe & Africa (multiple units): Maritime Engagement Officer 2009–2012
Contributed to assistance plan for Albanian navy; Prepared two Albanian ports for U.S. ship visits
Assisted foreign liaison officers with integration into USAFRICOM during NATO operation in Libya
Conducted research for training programs for African navies
O t h e r E x p e r i e n c e
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2011–2015
International Relations Specialist Silver Spring, Maryland
Country Desk Officer:
Managed NOAA relationships with foreign space agencies (European, Russian, South African, etc.)
Facilitated international satellite & data-sharing programs
Represented the U.S. delegation in international meetings; drafted and negotiated international agreements
Primary Advisor to the head of the U.S. delegation to the Cospas-Sarsat search & rescue program
Successfully advocated release of U.S. Intelligence Community geospatial dataset
Subsequently organized regional workshops in South Africa & Mexico for government and academic users of released data aimed at improving modeling of storm surge & river flooding
Drafted and negotiated umbrella agreement on research cooperation between NOAA and the European Commission;
Negotiated agreement between Coast Guard, Air Force, NASA, and NOAA on cooperation in a dynamic national search-and-rescue program
Advised the head of the U.S. delegation to the Cospas-Sarsat satellite-based search-and-rescue program, notably regarding issues among the other three parties: Canada, France, Russia;
Represented NOAA in various activities of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites; represent NESDIS in Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
University of Maryland University College, Kandahar, Afghanistan 2013
Adjunct Instructor: Introduction to International Relations (students were all U.S. service members)
Presidential Management Fellow 2011–2014
Selected for leadership training program by Office of Personnel Management; included two rotations:
NOAA HQ, Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Satellite Service Liaison Officer Washington, DC
Liaised between HQ offices and satellite service; Provided agency leadership with briefs, speeches, and other staff support on satellite and data issues
Department of State, Azerbaijan Desk Officer Washington, DC
Served as primary liaison between the Department and U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, DC, and Azeri diaspora; Drafted or approved nearly all “Main State”-issued reports, talking points, or Embassy cables pertaining to Azerbaijan
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe 2010
Conflict Prevention Center Consultant Vienna, Austria
Created database and reporting template for small arms and light weapons policies of 56 nations
Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies 2009
Intern Tbilisi, Georgia
Researched post-Soviet de facto states; Interviewed Georgian, Moldovan & de facto state officials
Peace Corps 2006–2008
English Language Instructor Rrëshen, Albania
English Teacher: Taught at public high school; Advised resident Albanian English teachers; Guest-lectured in primary and village schools; Presented at two nation-wide teaching conferences
Model United Nations: Co-organized Albania’s first annual MUN conference; Advocated for U.S. Embassy, UNDP, Education Ministry support; Coached students in research, writing, public speaking
Jane’s Information Group 2005
Content Development Researcher Alexandria, Virginia
U.S. Naval Academy 2004–2005
Academic Dean’s Aide (Active Duty) Annapolis, Maryland
Additional Duty as Teaching Assistant: Basic & Intermediate Russian
A d d i t i o n a l S k i l l s
Software: R and Stata statistical packages
Languages: Advanced: Albanian, Italian, Macedonian; Intermediate: Bulgarian, Russian, Spanish
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