Dr. Sarah-Jane Corke is an associate professor at the University of New Brunswick. Her first book, US Covert Operations and Cold War Strategy: Truman, The CIA and Secret Warfare was published by Rutledge in 2008. Dr. Corke has also published articles in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security, and The Journal of Conflict Studies. She is currently working on a biography of John Paton and Patricia Grady Davies. 

Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of New Brunswick

Calder Walton (Vice President)

Calder Walton is Director Research of Harvard Kennedy School's Intelligence Project, where he is also Assistant Director of the Belfer Center's Applied History Project. He is currently undertaking two major research projects: first, he is completing a book about British, US, and Soviet intelligence in the Cold War. In addition, Calder is general editor of the multi-volume Cambridge History of Espionage and Intelligence to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. Over three volumes, with 90 chapters by leading scholars, this project will be a landmark study of intelligence, exploring its use and abuse in statecraft and warfare from the ancient world to the present day. Calder has published widely on the history of intelligence and international relations, and frequently speaks at universities, think-tanks, and government agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has also appeared in leading print and broadcast media, such as Foreign Policy and War on the Rocks.

Ph.D. Director Research, Intelligence Project; Assistant Director, Applied History Project (Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

John Ferris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is Professor of History and Fellow of The Centre for Military, Strategic and Security Studies at The University of Calgary. He is Honourary Professor at The Department of International Politics, The University of Aberystwyth, and The School of Politics and Law, Brunel University, and Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was a member of The Anglo-Japanese History Project, 1996-2002, and Cryptologic Historical Scholar at The National Security Agency, 2008-09. Presently he is writing the authorised history of GCHQ, which will be published in 2019.


John Ferris has written or edited 6 books, and over 100 academic articles or chapters, on topics including air, diplomatic, intelligence, imperial, international, maritime and strategic history, and strategic studies. Among his particular areas of work are British strategy, 1815-2018, the power politics of the Asia-Pacific region, 1830-1945, Anglo-Japanese relations, 1854-45,  the power politics of the interwar years, intelligence and international relations and strategy, and signals intelligence.  Along with his history of GCHQ, 1919-2019, he is completing books on intelligence and the outbreak of the Pacific War, and intelligence and economic warfare during the First World War. He comments regularly on Canadian media regarding international relations and war.    

Ph.D. Professor, University of Calgary

Kathryn Olmsted is a professor of history at the University of California, Davis.  She is the author of four books: Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism (New Press, 2015); Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 (Oxford, 2009); Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley (North Carolina, 2002); and Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI (North Carolina, 1996).  With Athan Theoharis, Richard Immerman, John Prados, and Loch Johnson, she co-edited The Central Intelligence Agency: Security Under Scrutiny (Greenwood, 2006). She has published journal articles and book chapters on conspiracy theories, government secrecy, espionage, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and anticommunism.

Ph.D. Full Professor, University of California, Davis

David Sherman (Scholar Practitioner Board Member)

David Sherman (B.A. Duke; Ph.D Cornell) retired from the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service in 2017.  He served for 32 years at the National Security Agency, where he held a variety of managerial, analytic, and staff positions.   Dr. Sherman also was assigned to the staffs of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, represented NSA to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and – from 2007 to 2010 – was Dean of Academic Programs and Visiting Professor at the National War College.  Prior joining government, he was Adjunct Faculty at Cornell University, where he taught for four years.  Dr. Sherman is the author of several studies on the history of American signals intelligence, including The First Americans: The 1941 U.S. Codebreaking Mission to Bletchley Park (2016) and, Ann’s War: One Woman’s Journey to the Codebreaking Victory over Japan (2019).

Ph.D. United States Senior Executive Service (Retired)

Mark Stout, Ph.D., was President of the North American Society for Intelligence History from 2016-2019.  He is Program Director for the MA in Global Security Studies, the Certificate in Science, Technology and National Security, and the Certificate in Intelligence at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Art & Sciences Advanced Academic Programs in Washington, DC. Dr. Stout previously worked for thirteen years as an intelligence analyst, first with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and later with the CIA.  He was also the Historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.

Dr. Stout is the co-author or co-editor of several books and has published articles in Intelligence and National Security, Studies in Intelligence, The Journal of Strategic Studies, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Most recently he has been the co-editor of a two volume set on intelligence leaders entitled Spy Chiefs that was published by Georgetown University Press in 2018.  He is presently working on a book on American intelligence in World War I. Dr. Stout has appeared widely in the American and British media commenting on intelligence matters. He is also a Senior Editor at War on the Rocks.  His Ph.D. is in history from the University of Leeds.

Ph.D. Program Director, Krieger School of Art & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University

Sara Bush Castro (Treasurer, Board Member)

Sara Bush Castro, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History, United States Air Force Academy. She received her Ph.D in 2017 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to that she worked as an intelligence analysist between 2003 - 2009.

Ph.D. Assistant Professor, United States Air Force Academy

​Sabrina Volpe (Administrator)

Sabrina Volpe is a recent graduate of the MS in Geospatial Intelligence program from Johns Hopkins. Her academic research on port security has been featured in the USGIF GEOConnect 2020 Student Showcase. She most recently worked as a research contractor identifying trends in Great Power Competition as part of the National Defense University's Strategic Assessment 2020: Into a New Era of Great Power Competition.

Mallory Needleman (Graduate Student Representative)

Mallory Needleman is a first year History PhD student at American University. Mallory earned her MA in Holocaust Studies at Haifa University in Israel. Her broad interests include mid-century Lithuania and its relationship to the United States. She recently presented her research on Stasys Žakevičius at the inaugural NASIH conference this past October.

Brendan MaGee (Webmaster)

Brendan MaGee is a Halifax-based publicist and the sole proprietor of boutique public relations firm Front Porch Publicity. FPP offers full-service media relations, having led strategic campaigns for emerging and established artists, festivals, and events throughout Canada. 

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