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Alison Russell

Visiting Professor

Alison Russell

Visiting Professor
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  • Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • M.A., American University
  • B.A., Boston College

Alison Lawlor Russell, Ph.D. is a political scientist specializing in cyber security strategy and cyber warfare at Merrimack College, where she is an assistant professor and teaches courses in cyber security, international politics, American foreign policy, comparative politics, and politics of the Middle East. She has also taught undergraduate courses at Boston College and Tufts University, and has been a guest lecturer at the U.S. Naval War College.

Prior to completing her doctorate, she worked as a political-military analyst at the Department of the Navy's federally-funded research and development center, where she specialized in Middle East politics and maritime cooperation strategy.

Dr. Russell is author of the books "Strategic A2/AD in Cyberspace" (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and "Cyber Blockades" (Georgetown University Press, 2014) and several articles and book chapters on cyber security, maritime security, and international politics. She is the recipient of the 2018 Sidney D. Drell Academic Award for Intelligence and National Security.

  • 2018 Sidney D. Drell Academic Award for Intelligence and National Security


"Roadmap for a Code of Conduct for Cyberspace," Fletcher Security Review, Special Edition: Emerging Domains of Security, vol. 3, no. 1, 2015, 8-12. (with Colonel Thomas McCarthy, Ph.D.)

"Cyberwarfare: China’s Not-So-Hidden Secret," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, March 28, 2013.


"Strategic A2/AD in Cyberspace," Cambridge University Press, 2017.

"Cyber Blockades," Georgetown University Press, 2014.


"The Implications of Cyberspace for Naval Strategy and Security" in Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Joachim Krause and Sebastian Bruns, Routledge Press, January 2016.

"A2/AD @ the Physical Layer of Cyberspace" in International Conference on Cyber Conflict 2015: Architectures in Cyberspace, NATO Center for Excellence, Tallinn, Estonia, May 2015.

"Counternarcotics efforts and Afghan poppy famers: Finding the right approach," High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, eds. Paivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad, 2012, (Environmental Law Institute and United Nations Environment Programme, New York), 467-490. (with David M. Caterious, Jr.)

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