Alec Worsnop and Catherine Worsnop join CISSM

September 18, 2017

This fall, CISSM welcomes Alec Worsnop and Catherine Worsnop. Alec joins CISSM as a research fellow and has also been appointed as an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy. Catherine joins CISSM as a research associate and has also been appointed as an assistant research professor at the School of Public Policy. 

“Alec and Cat bring two very different, but equally valuable perspectives to CISSM’s growing research agenda on human security,” said CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher.
Catherine’s research addresses the role of international organizations in human security issues, with a focus on global health security. Her current projects examine: international cooperation during global health emergencies; state compliance with WHO’s International Health Regulations; building domestic outbreak response capacity; and the connection between disease outbreaks and human trafficking.

Catherine was previously an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at Worcester State University. Prior to that, Catherine worked with the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care (now the Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System) at the National Academies. Catherine holds a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University.

"CISSM has a track record of innovative research addressing pressing global governance challenges and I look forward to contributing to that effort in the areas of health security and human security generally," said Catherine Worsnop. 

Alec’s research addresses civil war and insurgency, with a focus on institutional development in conflict and post-conflict environments. His current research looks into the organization and fighting capacity of non-state armed actors; the role of military training in sub-state conflict; the types of recruitment systems that insurgent organizations use to attract skilled and unskilled fighters; and patterns of external military assistance to rebel groups.

Alec is also currently a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point and was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to that, Alec worked for a USAID implementing partner, where he conducted business development for assistance programs in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Alec holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I am excited to join CISSM in its efforts to connect practitioners and scholars because my own research, focused on understanding and responding to violent conflict, has underscored the power of such partnerships in addressing security issues," said Alec Worsnop.