Faculty and Student Research


Full-Time Faculty

Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
The Bioweapons Convention: A New Approach“. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Online, November 24, 2015.

Barriers to Bioweapons: The Challenges of Expertise and Organization for Weapons Development. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. Reviewed in Perspective on Politics, 2015, 13(3), 919-920.

“Banking on Nonproliferation: Improving the Efficiency of Counter-Proliferation Financing Policies,” Nonproliferation Review, vol. 19, no. 2 (July 2012)

“Barriers to Bioweapons: Intangible Obstacles to Proliferation,” International Security, vol. 36, no. 4 (Spring 2012).

The Pandora’s Box of Biology,” The Global Studies Review, vol. 8, no. 1 (May 2012),

The Anthrax Diaries, documentary produced with Slawomir Grunberg, Slava Paperno, and Kathleen Vogel,

Amerithrax Review: Lessons for Future Investigations,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Online, November 1, 2011,

“The Social Context Shaping Bioweapons (Non)proliferation,” with Kathleen M. Vogel, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, vol. 8, no. 1 (March 2010)

“Breaking Out of the CTR Mold?” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 66, no. 1 (January 2010)

Nuclear Terrorism’s Fatal Assumptions,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Online, October 23, 2007,

An Unrealized Nexus? WMD-Trafficking, Terrorism, and Organized Crime in the Former Soviet Union,” Arms Control Today, vol. 37 (July/August 2007),

“Growth in the Anti-Plague System During the Soviet Period,” Critical Reviews in Microbiology, vol. 32, no. 1 (2006)

“What Non-Proliferation Policy for the Soviet Anti-Plague System?” with Alexander Melikishvili, and Raymond A. Zilinskas, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, vol. 32, no. 1 (2006)

“Plagued with Errors: New Approaches Needed to Tackle Proliferation Threats from the Anti-Plague System,” Arms Control Today, vol. 36, http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2006_03/MARCH-PlagueFeature.asp

“Proliferation Threat from Former Biological Weapons Facilities in the Former Soviet Union,” The Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination, Princeton University, 2003

“Conversion of Soviet Biological Weapons Facilities: Lessons Learned from A Case Study in Stepnogorsk, Kazakhstan,” with Kathleen M. Vogel, Peace Studies Program Occasional Paper, Cornell University, 2003

“Conversion of Russian Chemical Weapons Production Facilities: Conflicts with the CWC,” Nonproliferation Review,vol. 7, No. 2 (July 2000)

Gregory Koblentz

Living Weapons (Cornell University Press 2007)
Tracking Nuclear Proliferation: A Guide in Maps and Charts (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1998)

With Mahdi F. H. Al Jewari, “Strengthening Biosecurity in Iraq: Development of a National Biorisk Management System“, Frontiers in Public Health, 4(25), February 26, 2016.

“Review of Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax by Nicholas H. Bergman, ed.,” Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 24, No. 5 (2012), pp. 860-861.

“From Biodefense to Biosecurity,” International Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 1 (2012), pp. 131-148.

With Marie I. Chevrier, “Modernizing Confidence-Building Measures for the Biological Weapons Convention,Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 9 (2011), pp. 1-7

Predicting Peril or the Peril of Prediction? Assessing the Risk of CBRN Terrorism,” Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol 23 (2011), pp 501-520.

Biosecurity Reconsidered: Calibrating Biological Threats and Responses,” International Security, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Spring 2010), pp. 96-132.

With Jonathan B. Tucker, “Tracing an Attack: The Promise and Pitfalls of Microbial Forensics,” Survival, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Feb-March 2010), pp. 159-186.

With Jonathan B. Tucker, “The Four Faces of Microbial Forensics,” Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Vol. 7, No 4 (2009), pp. 389-397.

The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Why Today Is Not 1918,” World Medical and Health Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2009), pp. 71-84.

Pathogens as Weapons: The International Security Implications of Biological Warfare,” International Security, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Winter 2003/04), pp. 84-122.

Koblentz, Gregory, “Biological Terrorism: Understanding the Threat and America’s Response,” in Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of Preparedness eds. Arnold Howitt and Robyn Pangi (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003), pp. 97-173.

Koblentz, Gregory, “Countering Dual-Use Facilities: Lessons from Iraq and Sudan,” Jane’s Intelligence Review, Vol. 11, No. 3 (March 1999), pp. 48-53.

Theater Missile Defense and South Asia: A Volatile Mix,” The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Spring/Summer 1997), pp. 54-62.

Trevor Thrall
War in the Media Age (Hampton Press 2000)
American Foreign Policy and the Politics of Fear (Routledge 2009)
Why Did the United States Invade Iraq? (Routledge 2011)

Democratic Leaders and War: Simultaneously Managing External Conflicts and Domestic Politics,”Australian Journal of International Affairs 2012.

“Star Power: Celebrity Advocacy and the Evolution of the Public Sphere,” International Journal of Press/Politics 2009

“A Bear in the Woods? Threat Inflation in the Marketplace of Values,” Security Studies 2007

“Beyond Hegemony” Mass Communication & Society 2005

“The Myth of the Outside Strategy: News Coverage of Interest Groups” Political Communication 2005

Adjunct Faculty

Katalin Kiss
Brennan REKiss KBaalman RSamuel JE., 2015. Cloning, expression, and characterization of a Coxiella burnetii Cu/Zn Superoxide dismutase. BMC Microbiology. May 12; 15:99

Riojas MA, Kiss K, McKee ML, Hazbón MH. 2015.Multiplex PCR for species-level identification of Bacillus anthracis and detection of pXO1, pXO2, and related plasmids. Health Security. 2015 Mar-Apr;13(2):122-9. Epub 2015 Mar 20.

Kiss, K., Liu, W., and E. J. Hansen. 2008 Characterization of fig operon mutants of Francisella novicida U112. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 285(2): 270-277.

Brian Mazanec
The Evolution of Cyber War: International Norms for Emerging-Technology Weapons (Potomac Books). In his book, Dr. Mazanec discusses the crippling realities of cyber terrorism and uses case studies in Estonia, Georgia, and Iran to highlight the growing threat. He notes that, “And yet cyber warfare is still in its infancy, with innumerable possibilities and contingencies for how such conflicts may play out in the coming decades.”. Dr. Mazanec expands on these evolving threats and how we can work to address them.

Bad News: Cyber Norms Probably Won’t Constrain Cyber Conflict. Council for Foreign Relations. September 14, 2015.

 Mazanec, Brian M., Stavrou, Angelos, and Whyte, Christopher.  Understanding Cyber-Warfare: Politics, Policy and Strategy. Textbook accepted for publication by Routledge, forthcoming in fall 2016.

 Mazanec, Brian M. and Thayer, Bradley A.  Deterring Cyber Warfare: Bolstering Strategic Stability in Cyberspace. Palgrave McMillan: December 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1137476173.

 Mazanec, Brian M. “Charging Forward or Lagging Behind: The Current Status of International Norms for Cyber Warfare,” in  American Strategy and Purpose: Reflections on Foreign Policy and National Security in an Era of Change. CreateSpace: December 2014: ISBN-13: 978-1505516203.

 Mazanec, Brian M. “Why International Order in Cyberspace Is Not Inevitable.”  Strategic Studies Quarterly, Summer 2015.

 Mazanec, Brian M. and Thayer, Bradley A. “Cyber Warfare: Is Deterrence an Option?” Cicero Foundation Great Debate Paper, 15/03, May 2015.

 Mazanec, Brian M. “Towards a Cyber War Taboo? A Framework to Explain the Emergence of Norms for the Use of Force in Cyberspace.”  National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, 1:1, May 2014.

 Mazanec, Brian M. and Koblentz, Gregory D. “Viral Warfare: The Security Implications of Cyber and Biological Technologies.”  Comparative Strategy, 32:5, November 2013, p. 418-434.

 Review, “Living Weapons: Biological Warfare and International Security”, by Gregory D. Koblentz,  Politics and the Life Sciences, 29/2, September 2010.

 Mazanec, Brian M. “The Need for an Enhanced Interagency Approach to Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction.” The Center for Strategic and International Studies Nuclear Scholars Journal, Summer/Fall 2009.

Mazanec, Brian M. “The Art of (Cyber) War.” Journal of International Security Affairs . Washington, DC: Number 16, Spring 2009.

  Mazanec, Brian M. “Cyberwarfare as an Element of PRC National Power and its Implications for U.S. National Security.” Springfield, MO: Missouri State University, 2008.

Conference Papers and Web Articles

  Mazanec, Brian M. “Bad News: Cyber Norms Probably Won’t Constrain Cyber Conflict.” Council on Foreign Relations Net Politics Blog, September 14, 2015. < http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/09/14/badnews-cyber-norms-probably-wont-constrain-cyber-conflict/ >

  Mazanec, Brian M. “Towards a Cyber War Taboo? The Emergence of Norms for the Use of Force in Cyberspace.” Panel Presentation to the Center for Strategic and International Studies Project on Nuclear Issues Annual Convention. Washington, DC: December 18, 2013.

  Mazanec, Brian M. “Towards a Cyber War Taboo? The Emergence of Norms for the Use of Force in Cyberspace.” Paper and Panel Presentation to International Studies Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA: April 3-6, 2013.

  Mazanec, Brian M. and Koblentz, Gregory D. “Viral Warfare: The Security Implications of Cyber and Biological Technologies.” Paper and Panel Presentation to International Studies Association Annual Convention. San Diego, CA: April 1-4, 2012.

  Mazanec, Brian M. “Commonalities Between Biological Warfare and Cyber Warfare.” Presentation to the Cyber Warfare and Nation States Conference. Canberra, Australia: September 23, 2010.


Nereyda Sevilla, PhD candidate in Biodefense
“Open Source Disease Modeling:  A Tool to Combat the Next Pandemic” Global Biodefense. January 28, 2016.

Saskia Popescu, PhD candidate in Biodefense
Notes from the Field: Lack of Measles Transmission to Susceptible Contacts from a Health Care Worker with Probable Secondary Vaccine Failure — Maricopa County, Arizona, 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol 64 (30), 832-833.

The Global Reaches of Antibiotic ResistanceCrisis Response Journal, 12:1, August 2016.

Contagion Live articles – “The Edge of the Antibiotic Abyss”, “Fallout from NIH Smallpox Faux Pas”, “Rewiring Outbreak Preparedness and Response”, “Seniors and Superbugs”, “Increasing Gut Microbial Diversity as a Treatment Plan for Clostridium difficile Infections”

Christopher Hooban, MS in Biodefense
Test method development to evaluate hot, humid air, decontamination of materials contaminated with Bacillus anthracis ΔSterne and B. thuringiensis Al Hakam spores,” Journal of Applied Microbiology, Vol 113(5), 1037-1051

Chris Brown, PhD in Biodefense
GMU 3-Minute-Thesis, (5:55-8:50), Protecting Critical US Workers from Occupational Exposure to Emerging Infectious Diseases

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