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Michelle Black, PhD
Dr. Black is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and came to the University of Nebraska Omaha in August 2016. Prior to joining UNO, Dr. Black as a government civilian for the Department of Defense from 2009-2016. She specialized in Deterrence Analysis and Adversary Decision-making. She also spearheaded the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance program as USSTRATCOM. In addition to civilian federal service, she worked in Psychological Operations from 2001-2009 as a Defense contractor and U.S. Army NCO. She was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar during Operational Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Black earned her Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She also earned an M.S. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University, a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst College, an M.S. in International Relation from Troy University, and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Iowa.Dr. Black teaches on the areas of security studies specifically centering on U.S. foreign policy, insurgency/terrorism, intelligence/national security, and deterrence analysis. Her research focuses on insurgency developing after war, and deterring violent extremist organizations.
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