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Faculty and Staff

Faculty are available during set office hours and/or by appointment.

Directors and Core Faculty

CSS Administration

David Maxwell, Associate 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: or 202/687-3834

Rose Mary Garcia, Center Administrator: Lower level

Office: LL-04, Mortara Building
Contact: or 202/687-1624

Cornelia Gustafson, Associate Director of Academic Affairs: Lower level

Nelia Gustafson is the Associate Director of Academic Affairs in the Security Studies Program.  She is responsible for student advising and registration and provides guidance about comprehensive exams, leaves of absence, and other programmatic issues.

Ms. Gustafson is a Georgetown graduate with a degree in Russian language.  Having enjoyed opportunities working in both the government and private industry, she is thrilled to be back on the Hilltop, working with students and helping them make the most of their Georgetown experience.  

Office: LL-13, Mortara Building
Contact: or 202/687-0363

Tyler Browne, Director of Admissions: Lower level 

Tyler Browne is the Director of Admissions for the Security Studies Program. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the admissions process including conducting informational interviews with prospective applicants, hosting online chats for prospective and admitted students, representing the Security Studies Program at admissions fairs and other forums, and reviewing prospective student applications. 

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 from 2003-2004 and again from 2006-2007. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Policy at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy.

Office: LL-09, Mortara Building
Contact: or 202/687-0965

Coordinator of Admissions and Academic Affairs, Vacant: Lower level


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: 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: or 202/687-7981
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