Notes From All Over

William Danskine, MIT Airforce Fellow ’03-04

In summer 2016, William Danskine retired from the Air Force Inspector General’s Senior Official Inquiries Directorate (as colonel) and am now back in school, at Oregon State University, pursuing a degree in Horticulture (“Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production”).


Shalom Flank, Alum. ’93

Shalom Flank is currently the Microgrid Architect for three different East Coast microgrid development firms. He speaks regularly at industry forums, most recently at the International District Energy Association’s Microgrid Summit at the National Press Club on December 7, 2016. He will begin teaching at Georgetown University’s Urban Planning department, with a course on Urban Sustainability, in Spring 2017.


Van Gurley, MIT Navy Fellow, ’03-04

Van Gurley is now the Chief Operation Officer of Metron Scientific Solutions in the DC area.


Kelly M. Greenhill, Alum. ’04

Kelly M. Greenhill received a 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to support her research on the influence on international politics of extra-factual information – such as rumors, conspiracy theories, and propaganda. She also received a Faculty Research Senior Research Fellowship for AY 2017-18 in support of related research.


Paul Heer, 2015-16 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at CIS

Paul Heer has accepted an invitation to teach a course on “Indo-Pacific Security Challenges” for The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in the Spring 2017 semester.


John Price, MIT AF Fellow ’10-11

John Price finished his 2-year Wing Command of the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in July and transitioned to be the Vice Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy where he is enjoying daily engagement with 4,000+ cadets as he works to produce Leaders of Character for our Nation.


Richard Samuels, Faculty

Richard Samuels will be receiving a fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation to support the completion of his current book project on the history of the Japanese intelligence community.


Caitlin Talmadge, Alum. ’11

Caitlin Talmadge’s book, The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell University Press, 2015), which is based on her SSP thesis, was named the co-winner of the 2017 Best Book Award, International Security Studies Section, International Studies Association. It was also named to Foreign Affairs’ “Best Books of 2016” List and was recently reviewed in Perspectives on Politics and Journal of Strategic Studies.


David Weinberg, Alum. ’12

David Weinberg served as a volunteer advisor on Arabian Peninsula issues for the Middle East Working Group for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Hillary for America.