Michelle Black, PhD
- Assistant Professor
- 275F ASH
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Dr. Black is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science for the University of Nebraska Omaha, a Research Fellow for the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska, and Co-Editor for Space and Defense Journal. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Black has over seventeen years of professional experience with the Department of Defense.
Prior to joining UNO, Dr. Black was a government civilian for the Department of Defense from 2009-2016. She specialized in Deterrence Analysis and Adversary Decision-making for the United Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Plans and Policy Directorate at Offutt Air Force Base. During her time at USSTRATCOM, she provided analysis and recommendations to senior leaders on decision-making strategy, deterring state and non-state actors, and regional expertise. Additionally, she initiated and directed the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance, recruiting over 35 academic institutions to the program. This program provides a platform for defense and academic organizations to communicate and collaborate on research issues regarding Deterrence and Assurance.
Prior to her government civilian work, Dr. Black worked in Psychological Operations from 2001-2009 as U.S. Army Special Operations NCO (Airborne) for the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and later as a Defense contractor. She deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Black earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2016. She also earned an M.S. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University (2009), a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst College (2007), an M.S. in International Relations from Troy University (2005), and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Iowa (2001).
Dr. Black teaches in the areas of security studies, specifically: U.S. Foreign Policy; Political Violence, Insurgency
PSCI 2000 – Political Analysis
PSCI 3260/8265 – U.S. Foreign Policy
PSCI 4250/8256 – Intelligence and National Security
PSCI 4556/8556 – Political Violence, Insurgency
PSCI 4920 – Special Topics: Middle East Politics
PSCI 8220 – International Leadership and Strategy
Nuclear Deterrence 300/400 – Deterrence in the 21stCentury
Nuclear Deterrence 400 – Adversary Decision-making and Deterrence Case Analysis
International and Cyber Security – Chuck Hagel Symposium in Public Service
U.S. Military Influence in World Politics – Nebraska Civic Leadership Program (NCLP)
Interwoven Security: Complications in the Middle East – UNO’s Dual Enrollment Seminar Series
Impact of Islamic State Ideology – Center of Afghanistan Studies (CAS)
Middle East Security Issues – CAS
Insurgency Progression in the Middle East Region – CAS
Terror Networks and Regional Security in South and Central Asia - CAS
Dr. Black’s research interests
(2019) Explaining insurgency progression in Iraq, 2003–2011, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict,
(2019) Teaching Deterrence: A 21st-Century Update, Journal of Political Science Education,
Michelle Black (2016) Cyber ethnography: A critical tool for the Department of Defense?, Comparative Strategy, 35:2, 103-113, DOI: 10.1080/01495933.2016.1176456
Michelle Black & Osamah Alhenaki (2015) Business As Usual: The Egyptian-U.S. Intelligence Relationship, Global Security and Intelligence Studies, 1: 1. DOI: 10.18278/gsis.1.1.3
Principal Investigator (PI) on Enabling Coherent Deterrence Concept Development, Deterrence Research (Awarded June 2019-2020), NATO ACT
PI on Air Force Deterrence Coursework Development and Education (Awareded 2017-2019), Air Force Global Strike, Department of the Air Force
Co-PI Investigator for Research and Development of Information Operations JMEM (2009-2010), OSD(I) and USSTRATCOM.