All Staff

Keir Lieber

Keir Lieber

Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program; Associate Professor
Specializations: Causes of war; Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence, and Strategy; U.S. foreign policy; and International Relations Theory

Olivia Albrighton-Vanway

Assistant Director of Faculty Services

Olivia Albrighton-Vanway provides administrative support for all SSP core and adjunct faculty, as well as visiting researchers. She also works closely with the SSP staff to plan the Security Studies course plan.

Natalie Cronin

Natalie Cronin

Assistant Director of Finance and Administration
202.687.5679

Natalie Cronin manages the annual budget for the Center for Security Studies and works closely with principal investigators on grants and sponsored projects. She is also responsible for administering full-time and part-time faculty appointments, managing CSS spaces, and recruiting, on-boarding, and training student employees to ensure that the daily operations of the Center run smoothly and efficiently.

Jessica Gershuny

Jessica Gershuny

Director of Admissions
202.687.7981

Jessica Gershuny 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.

Nelia Gustafson

Cornelia Gustafson

Director of Academic Affairs
202.687.5679

Nelia Gustafson is responsible for student advising and registration and provides guidance about comprehensive exams, leaves of absence, and other programmatic issues.

Annie Kraft

Annie Kraft

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
202.687.5679

Annie Kraft works with the Director of Academic Affairs to advise students on academics and registration. She is also responsible for managing the St. Andrews Exchange Program and advises SSP’s student organizations.

Jordan Moeny

Jordan Moeny

Assistant Director of Events and Communications
202.687.5679

Jordan Moeny handles logistics for the Center’s academic events, conferences, and social events. She also manages all of the Center’s public communications, including social media and newsletters, and much of the Center’s student-facing communications.

Rebecca Patterson

Rebecca Patterson

Professor of the Practice, Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program
Specializations: Civil-Military Relations, Nation-Building, Peacekeeping, and Post-Conflict Economics
Payton Tanner

Payton Tanner

Assistant Director of Admissions and Alumni Engagement
202.687.0965

Payton Tanner assists in the admissions process alongside the Director of Admissions, as well as coordinating and running the Alumni Mentor Program. She works closely with SSP alumni and current students to provide opportunities for them to create and cultivate meaningful professional relationships.