Program Faculty and Staff

Staff/advisor: Leah Legg, Graduate Program Student Service Support Coordinator,


The faculty within the School of Politics and Global Studies work very closely with graduate students.  Many students participate in workshops and conferences as well as meet with guest lecturers from other universities.

The global security degree at ASU works closely with the Center on the Future of War and Washington D.C.'s New America.

The following faculty are associated with the MA in global security.

Program directors:

Daniel Rothenberg

Daniel Rothenberg is professor of practice, School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU, co-director of the Center on the Future of War, and a senior fellow at New America. He also co-directs the online MA in Global Security. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, managing director of International Projects at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, senior fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and a fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. Professor Rothenberg has designed and managed rule of law and human rights projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Central Africa and throughout Latin America, including programs to train human rights NGOs, aid indigenous peoples in using international legal remedies, support gender justice, and collect and analyze thousands of first-person narratives from victims of atrocities. His books include "With These Hands" (Univ. of California Press), "Memory of Silence: The Guatemalan Truth Commission Report" (Palgrave), "Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy" (Cambridge Univ. Press).

Jeffrey Kubiak

Dr. Jeffrey J. Kubiak (Jeff) is the Senior Fellow at the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University. Prior to coming to ASU, Dr Kubiak taught politics, strategy, and critical and creative thinking at the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He has also taught strategy at the Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the Naval War College. Dr Kubiak’s first book, War Narratives and the American National Will in War, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2014.

Dr. Kubiak is a retired Air Force colonel having served more than 26 years on active duty.

Affiliated faculty:

Peter Bergen

Peter L. Bergen is Vice President, Director of Studies and Fellows Programs and the International Security Program at New America and Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU.

His books Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad, The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda, Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden have all been New York Times bestsellers, translated into multiple languages, and listed as among the best non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post, the Guardian, Amazon, Foreign Policy, the Sunday Times, The Times and other media. HBO turned Manhunt into a film that won the Emmy for best documentary and CNN used a prior book The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader for a film that was nominated for an Emmy and named the best documentary of 2006 by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bergen is National Security Analyst at CNN and has written extensively about al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, counterterrorism, homeland security and the Middle East for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and other newspapers and publications around the world.

Bruce Pagel

Colonel Pagel served 28 years as a Judge Advocate (lawyer) in the U.S. Army - active and reserve - retiring from active service in 2014. He deployed on multiple occasions to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan in a variety of senior positions and ultimately served as the senior lawyer for U.S. Central Command. He also worked as a federal prosecutor in Virginia and Washington, DC where he prosecuted complex drug and money laundering cases and advised senior policy makers on a variety of issues. Colonel Pagel currently teaches national security policy as a professor of practice at Arizona State University (ASU) and works as a consultant on criminal justice, corporate due diligence and national security matters.

Candace Rondeau

Candace Rondeaux is a Professor of Practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies and a Senior Fellow with the Center on the Future of War at New America. A veteran analyst of the conflict in South Asia and expert on U.S. and international security affairs, she has served as a strategic advisor to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and senior program officer at U.S. Institute of Peace where she launched the RESOLVE Network, a global research consortium on violent extremism. An expert on security sector reform, governance, and electoral politics in conflict settings, she spent five years living and working in South Asia where she served as South Asia bureau chief for The Washington Post and as senior analyst on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group. Her research interests include the dynamics of sectarian violence, governance and political Islam in modern Muslim majority states, Soviet and post-Soviet affairs and post-conflict reconstruction. Her work has been regularly featured in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The International Herald Tribune and The Boston Globe. She has also been a frequent guest analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC World and National Public Radio. Prior to her postings in South Asia, she worked as a journalist for several leading newspapers in the United States, producing award winning work on criminal justice and legal affairs issues for the Post, The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and covering terrorism and criminal justice issues for the investigative team at The New York Daily News following the 9/11 attacks. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she holds a B.A. in Russian Area Studies, M.A. Journalism from New York University, and an MPP in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

David Siroky

David Siroky is Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, where he is a core faculty member of the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and a faculty affiliate of the  Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies and the Center on the Future of War He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in Economics from Duke University and was then the Henry Hart Rice Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University before arriving at ASU.

His research appears in the American Journal of Political Science, Caucasus Survey, Civil Wars, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Sociology, Defence and Peace Economics, Democratization, European Political Science Review, Foreign Policy Analysis , International Organization, Nationalities Papers, Political Analysis, Politics and Religion, Polity, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, Security Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Statistics Surveys, Swiss Political Science Review, World Politics, and elsewhere.  For links to recent research articles, please see his website.  He has received grants as PI and co-PI from the US Department of State and the US National Science Foundation. In 2014, he was honored to be named Distinguished Professor of the Year in Political Science at ASU.

Valerie Mueller

Valerie Mueller is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Prior to joining ASU, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mueller’s research falls largely into three main themes. The first quantifies rural household vulnerability to climate variability, focusing on migration, nutrition, and health markers in Africa and Asia. The second area of research uses randomized controlled trials to identify mechanisms to improve the delivery of rural services (legal justice for women, agricultural extension, and the equitable allocation of irrigation water) in East African countries. Her third area of research is on the prospects of youth employment in Africa. She is currently co-editing a volume, which studies the evolution of youth employment and its role in the structural transformation process in Africa. 

Her research contributions have been featured in Nature Climate Change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and the Journal of Development Economics, and have received significant media coverage in over 15 major media outlets (including Le Monde, Science, and Scientific American). Despite her presence in the research community, she remains involved in the field and aims to provide relevant technical expertise by repeated interaction with donor communities, local policymakers, and government officials.