Faculty members teaching in the MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cyber Crime are professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. They bring their deep knowledge of global and national security, international relations, transnational terrorism, cyber terrorism, cyber crime, disinformation, cryptography, cyberpower, and cyber conflict into the classroom, providing an insider’s view of these critical and emerging topics. Their connections in the public and private sectors, as well as in the military, provide students with invaluable professional contacts and a wealth of learning opportunities. Their teaching style puts students in the heart of the action, affording them an immersive educational experience that prepares them for the challenges and the opportunities ahead.
Learn From the Cyber Pros
MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cyber Crime faculty members are renowned experts in their fields who bring years of real-world experience to their teaching.
Christopher Ankersen, PhD
Christopher Ankersen is a clinical professor and interim academic director for the MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime program at the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs. He earned a PhD and an MS in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition, he holds a BA (Honors) in military and strategic studies from Royal Roads Military College (Canada). Ankerson has written on international relations and strategic studies, including two edited volumes: Understanding Global Terror and Civil-Military Cooperation in Post-Conflict Operations. His research interests include civil military relations, post-conflict reconstruction, and risk analysis.
Ankersen has held the following positions among others: adjunct associate professor of politics and economics at the Royal Military College of Canada; security advisor for the United Nations in Thailand; and chief of security at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He served as deputy chief of security for the UN offices in Geneva and Vienna, and security coordination officer for Iraq at UN HQ in New York. Ankersen has taught at the London School of Economics, the London Centre for International Relations, King’s College London, Carleton University, and the Royal Military College of Canada. He has received awards from the Royal United Services Institute, the Maritime Awards Society of Canada, the US Department of Defense, and the British Army for his writing.
Mary Beth Altier, PhD
Mary Beth Altier is a clinical associate professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs. She earned a PhD in politics from Princeton University in 2011. Altier’s research interests are in international security, foreign policy, political violence, and political behavior. Her recent work centers on the reasons why individuals support the use of political violence in developed and developing democracies, as well as why they participate in acts of political violence, especially terrorism. She also is interested in the disengagement and rehabilitation of ex-combatants and identifying empirically based methods for assessing risk of re-engagement. Altier is preparing a book manuscript based upon her dissertation, which won the 2013 American Political Science Association’s Ernst B. Haas award, and she also was the 2015 recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on European Politics and Society’s Best Paper Award. Her research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Journal of Strategic Security and she serves on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Altier regularly briefs members of the US government and intelligence community, and has offered expert insight on terrorist desistance, disengagement, and deradicalization and relevant programming to select European states. At the Center for Global Affairs, Altier teaches Transnational Security, Transnational Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Security Sector Governance and the Rule of Law, and Analytic Skills. In 2017, she received the NYU SPS Excellence in Teaching Award.
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD, PhD
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD, PhD, is CEO and founder of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk, ESG, ethics, cyber, and crisis strategist, who serves a broad cross-section of businesses, nonprofit, and government agencies. Since 2017, she has served as the independent ethics adviser to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.
Bonime-Blanc spent two decades as a C-suite global corporate executive at Bertelsmann, Verint, and PSEG, including serving as general counsel and chief ethics, risk, compliance and CSR officer, as well as overseeing a wide variety of functions including legal, governance, risk, ethics, corporate responsibility, government relations, strategic communications, crisis management, compliance, audit, information security and environmental, health and safety. She began her career as an international corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb. She was born and raised in Germany and Spain and is multilingual.
Bonime-Blanc serves on several boards and advisory boards, including WireX (a network security company), Crisp (an early warning risk intelligence firm), Cyber Future Foundation (a global cyber- trust nonprofit), Greenward Partners (a Spanish green energy firm), Ethical Intelligence (an EU- based AI ethics firm), Corporate Excellence (a Spanish think tank), Epic Theatre Ensemble (a NYC nonprofit), the NACD New Jersey Chapter (for which she serves as Nominations/Governance Committee Chair), and NYU Stern-based think tank, Ethical Systems. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bonime-Blanc is a NACD board leadership fellow and governance faculty member, and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is a faculty member within the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime program for which she teaches “Cyber Leadership, Risk Oversight, and Resilience,” and she also is a member of the NYU SPS CGA Cyber Advisory Council.
Bonime-Blanc is a global speaker, who has appeared at Davos. She is quoted by and appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar, The Wall Street Journal, FT Agenda, BBC, The New York Times, among other media outlets. She is an extensively published author of dozens of articles and several books including The Reputation Risk Handbook, Emerging Practices in Cyber- Risk Governance and The Artificial Intelligence Imperative. Her most recent books are Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value (Routledge 2020) and The ESGT Megatrends Manual 2021-2022 (Diplomatic Courier 2021).
Clint Mixon is a strategic executive leader and adviser on cyber strategy, policy, risk, operations, planning, and leadership, and he teaches at the NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs, the US Air Force E-School, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has over 20 years of leadership experience, ranging from small teams to cross-functional teams of 450+, while managing over $4B in assets and annual budgets over $400M. Mixon has five years of experience working with US Cyber Command and Cyber National Mission Force teams. He also has 21 years of instructional experience spanning technical, undergraduate, and graduate programs. He is a trusted adviser to US DoD & International MoD leaders on cybersecurity and modification of adversary cyber activities. Mixon is a 26-year US Air Force combat veteran with seven combat deployments and over 2,800 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle. He served as a commander of combat forces in three different multinational coalition operations.
Daniel Rogers, PhD
Daniel Rogers is an adjunct instructor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs. He is a physicist, an author, and an expert in the fields of cryptography, cybercrime, disinformation, and security. He has published numerous patents, papers, and books on these and other subjects. Prior to co-founding Terbium Labs, a commercial dark web intelligence company, and the Global Disinformation Index, a nonprofit disinformation research organization based in the UK, Rogers managed a portfolio of physics and sensor research projects, which supported the defense and intelligence communities while at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He earned a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Georgetown University and a doctorate in chemical physics from the University of Maryland. Rogers also is a security fellow at the Truman Project on National Security.
Pano A. Yannakogeorgos, PhD
Pano Yannakogeorgos is an adjunct associate professor of global affairs and the former faculty lead for the MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cyber Crime offered by the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs. He joined NYU after an eight-year career in government civil service with the US Air Force, where he completed his tenure as the founding dean of the Air Force Cyber College. Prior to launching the AF Cyber College, he served as a research professor at the Air Force Research Institute, where he participated in Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) sponsored projects, evaluating cyberpower, national security, and military operations for senior military leaders.
Yannakogeorgos has extensive knowledge of emerging cybersecurity issues, risks, and vulnerabilities, and is the co-author of several books on cybersecurity, including The Cyber Threat and Globalization: Challenges to National and International Security, and The Human Side of Cyber Conflict. He also has authored numerous articles in such publications as The Diplomat, IEEE Security & Privacy, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and Air & Space Power Journal. He is an editorial board member of Military Cyber Affairs: The Journal of the Military Cyber Professionals Association.
Yannakogeorgos' professional activities include membership “track 1.5” cyber norms dialogues among current and former government officials from the US, China, and Russia. Contributing to global cyber capacity building efforts, he has educated senior military officers and government officials around the world as an intermittent lecturer with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Institute for Security Governance at the Naval Postgraduate School. His honors include the Military Cyber Professionals Association’s Order of Thor Medal and the Air Force Research Institute Civilian of the Year. He also was a US Naval Academy Stockdale Fellow in Leadership and Ethics.
Yannakogeorgos earned a bachelor of liberal arts (ALB) in philosophy, cum laude, from Harvard University, and an MS and PhD in global affairs from Rutgers University. He also completed training in the Air Force Civilian Cyber Fundamentals Course (CCFC).