All Admissions Ambassadors

Kelly Allen

Kelly Allen

U.S. National Security Policy

Kelly is originally from Burlington, Vermont but has spent the last eleven years in Washington. She graduated from American University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. She then spent nearly five years working on Capitol Hill for her…

Simone Bak

U.S. National Security Policy

Simone Bak graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011 with a degree in Global Studies. With a background in security cooperation as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense, Bak began to search for an MA program and…

Christine Bang Andersen

International Security

Christine Bang Andersen is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and graduated from Copenhagen Business School in  2014 with an International Business and Politics degree. Prior to starting the Security Studies Program, Christine served as a military linguist in Russian and Ukrainian in…

Ben Carsman

Ben Carsman

U.S. National Security Policy

Ben Carsman is a second-year SSP student due to graduate in May 2019. Previously, he majored in Latin American Studies at Loyola University New Orleans and spent time volunteering and studying in Central America and Mexico. Since beginning graduate school,…

Kristina Drye

Kristina Drye

International Security

Kristina Drye is a second-year SSP student concentrating in International Security, currently serving as Research Assistant for Giant Oak. She previously was the Program and Membership Manager at the World Affairs Council of Charlotte from 2015-2017. During her time at…

Russell Guertin

Russell Guertin

International Security

Russell is a third-semester SSP student concentrating in International Security. As part of an accelerated dual-degree program, he graduated with his Bachelor’s in International Politics from Georgetown this past May. Russell currently serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Keir…

Elizabeth van Horne

Terrorism & Substate Violence

Liz earned her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California with minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and Business Administration. Before beginning SSP, she held various roles consulting for nonprofit, private sector, and government clients, most…

Tina Huang

Tina Huang

Terrorism and Substate Violence

Tina Huang is an M.A. Security Studies candidate at Georgetown University concentrating in terrorism and substate violence. Her research interests focus on the radicalization process, countering violent extremism, and counter terrorism. Presently, Tina serves as a research assistant for Elizabeth…

Abigail Hundley

Abigail Hundley

Terrorism and Substate Violence

Abigail Hundley completed her undergraduate studies at Mercer University in the spring of 2017, where she pursued a double major in international relations and political science. In SSP, she is focusing on terrorism and sub-state violence, and has thrived over…

Makayla Kessel

Makayla Kessel

Unconventional Weapons and Non-Proliferation

Makayla is a second year student in the program, concentrating in Unconventional Weapons and Non-proliferation. She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS), from Georgetown this spring as part of the 5-year accelerated dual-degree program.…