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Faculty and Staff

 

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Directors and Core Faculty

CSS Administration

David Maxwell, Assistant Director: Lower level
David S. Maxwell is the Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program.

He is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army retiring as a Special Forces Colonel, with his final assignment serving on the military faculty teaching national security strategy at the National War College. He spent the majority of his military service overseas with nearly 25 years in Asia, primarily in Korea, Japan and the Philippines, leading organizations from the SF A-Team to the Joint Special Operations Task Force level.

David holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Master's of Military Arts and Science degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies and a master of science degree in National Security Studies from the National War College of the National Defense University. He is the author of numerous works on Korea, Special Operations, Foreign Internal Defense, Unconventional Warfare and National Security. He and his family reside in Northern Virginia.

Office: LL-05, Mortara Building
Contact: dsm62@georgetown.edu or 202/687-3834
 
Lauren Covert Weber, Assistant Director for Finance and Administration: Lower level
Lauren Covert Weber is the Assistant Director for Finance and Administration of the Center for Security Studies. She manages the day to day operations of the center, budget and Human Resources matters.

Mrs. Weber came to CSS after working for the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown. She has a broad range of experience from small business to non-profit and a background in international environments including time as an International Parliamentary Scholar in the German Bundestag and involvement with the German-American Chamber of Commerce's Transatlantic Program Alumni Network. Mrs. Weber holds a B.A. in German and Business from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at Georgetown University.

Office: LL-04, Mortara Building
Contact: ltc8@georgetown.edu or 202/687-1624
 
Laura Soerensson, Associate Director of Academic Affairs: Lower level
Laura Soerensson is the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Security Studies Program. She has been with Georgetown since August 2012. Laura manages orientation, registration, comprehensive examination logistics, course evaluation for new adjuncts, program assessments and is the first point-of-contact for enforcing academic policies and procedures.

Before coming to Georgetown, Ms. Soerensson was the Assistant Director of MBA admissions at The College of William & Mary. She has also worked as a data manager at William & Mary’s School of Education. Laura lived abroad for over 13 years, with periods of residence in Germany, France, Sweden, and Colombia. Her international experience includes a one-year internship with the American Consulate in Stuttgart, Germany. She has her B.A. in Marketing Communications from Baruch College and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from The College of William & Mary.

Office: LL-13, Mortara Building
Contact: les101@georgetown.edu or 202/687-0363
 
Tyler Browne, Coordinator of Admissions and Academic Affairs: Lower level
Tyler Browne is the Coordinator of Admissions and Academic Affairs in the Security Studies Program. His responsibilities include Admissions support and managing the Exchange Program. In addition, he assists with student advising and registration.

Mr. Browne studied in the U.S., Australia, and France before earning a B.A. in Political Science from Portland State University. He also holds a M.A. in Political Science from Portland State University, as well as a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon in Lyon, France. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Mr. Browne worked at a variety of higher education institutions in the Pacific Northwest, including Portland State University, Seattle Central Community College, and the University of Washington. He also worked as an English Language Assistant in France for a number of years.

Office: LL-02, Mortara Building
Contact: tb764@georgetown.edu or 202/687-0965
 
Tiffany Swanson, Director of Admissions: Lower level
Tiffany Swanson is the Director of Admissions for the Security Studies Program. She works with all SSP applicants from the time they first contact the program for information to their arrival on campus for orientation. Students should contact Ms. Swanson with updates about their experiences in the program and any suggestions they may have for recruitment initiatives for future classes.

Before coming to Georgetown in the summer of 1999, Ms. Swanson was the Outreach Specialist for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, and the Admissions Manager for a nationwide English as a Second Language (ESL) company. She has also worked at the Department of State and the Center for Defense Information. Ms. Swanson received degrees in International Studies and Spanish from Bradley University in 1993 and her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 2005.

Office: LL-07, Mortara Building
Contact: ts3@georgetown.edu or 202/687-4903
 
 
Andrea Clabough, Coordinator of Program and Support Services: Lower level
Andrea Clabough is the Coordinator of Program and Support Services for the Security Studies Program.  She works with CSS Staff, SSP Faculty and students to develop programming, plan for courses, create and manage events, seminars, and workshops, and serves as a liaison for the student body. 
 
Ms. Clabough is a recent graduate of the Security Studies Program and holds degrees in Political Science and History from Vanderbilt University. 

Office: LL-02 Mortara Building
Contact: amc336@georgetown.edu or 202/687-0436
 
 
Jessica Gershuny, Coordinator of Careers, Alumni, and Communications: Lower level
 

Jessica Gershuny is the Coordinator of Careers, Alumni & Communications for the Security Studies Program.  Jessica is the primary point of contact related to career and internship opportunities for current students and alumni. She is available to meet with any and all SSP students and alumni to discuss career opportunities, job search strategies and professional development plans.

Jessica has a background in recruiting and career development for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Jessica  received degrees in Political Science and Jewish Studies from Indiana University with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. Connect with her on LinkedIn!

Office: LL-11 Mortara Building

Contact: jsg98@georgetown.edu or 202/687-7981

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