Faculty Profile: Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Where are you from and what path brought you to SSP?

I am originally from the greatest city in America (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). I began teaching in SSP in 2014 after several years teaching at the undergraduate level at Georgetown, as well as at the College of William & Mary. I also worked for years in the government before teaching.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently working on a co-authored book on terrorist leadership.

What is your favorite thing about SSP?

The students. No question about it.

If you could tell your grad school self one thing, what would it be? 

Try to sleep more.

Would you rather fight 1 horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? 

100 duck sized horses.

What is your favorite thing to do in DC? 

Almost any activity that involves my husband, two sons, and my friends.

What would your advice be to SSP students be hoping to start a career in your field?

Be open to possibility: There is no one set path and you just need to make one good decision after another.