Notes From All Over

David Blum (Alum, ’04)

In November, Blum resigned his position at the Department of Defense after 11 years in the civil service and began a new job as a senior data scientist at Next Tier Concepts, a Google partner company. In this role Blum will tailor Google geospatial analytics and machine learning models for federal government clients.

Jason Eckberg (Military Fellow, ’16-17)

Jason Eckberg will be promoted on March 24, 2018 at the High Water Mark, Gettysburg, PA and welcomes anyone who wishes to join him at the battlefield this day.

Jeanne Guillemin (Senior Advisor)

Guillemin’s book Hidden Atrocities: Japanese Germ Warfare and American Obstruction of Justice at the Tokyo Trial, has been nominated for the Lemkin Award and the Columbia University Press Robert K. Merton Award from Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. The Lemkin Award is given in honor of Raphael Lemkin, inventor of the concept of genocide and first proponent of the UN Genocide Convention, by the Institute for the Study of Genocide. Presentations resulting from Guillemin’s book have been given at  Spotlight Seminar at the National Defense University (December 12), a workshop on Chemical and Biological weapons co-sponsored by the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center and the NDU Center for the study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (December 13). Her book is currently being translated into Chinese.

Jennifer M. Lind (Alum, ’04)

Lind was visiting fellow at the School for Oriental and African Studies in London for Fall 2017. In December, she was featured on a Council on Foreign Relations podcast, discussing her research with Prof. Chikako Kawakatsu Ueki (SSP PhD) about nationalism in Japan.

Rachel Esplin Odell (Graduate Student)

In November, 2017, PhD candidate Rachel Esplin Odell was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, where she conducted research for her dissertation case study of Japan’s maritime jurisdictional claims and interpretations of the law of the sea.

Russell Rumbaugh (Alum, ’04)

Rumbaugh has joined the Aerospace Corporations’ new Center for Space Policy and Strategy.

Richard Samuels (Faculty)

Featured in an interview with PHP Voice regarding the future of the US-Japan alliance appearing in their February issue. If you would like a PDF of this interview, please contact Elina Hamilton at

Joshua Shifrinson (Alum, ’13)

Shifrinson will be joining the faculty of Boston University’s Pardee School of Global studies in Fall, 2018.

Joel Sokolsky (Senior Advisor)

Co-organized the Symposium on the Future of NORAD at United States Northern Command/North American Aerospace Defence Command, Colorado Springs, December, 2017.