Mark Stout, Ph.D., is President of the North American Society for Intelligence History.  He is also 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.


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. 

Vice President

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.    

Board Member

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.

Board Member

Hugh Wilford, Ph.D., is Professor of U.S. History at California State University, Long Beach. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, he taught previously at the University of Sheffield, the University of Manchester, and Middlesex University in London. He is the author or co-editor of five books, including, most recently, The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America (Harvard University Press, 2008) and America’s Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East (Basic Books, 2013). America’s Great Game was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and won the 2014 Gold Medal Award, Washington Institute for Near East Policy Book Prize. Hugh is also co-editor of the Edinburgh University Press series on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Secret Warfare.  In 2016, he received a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Award to work on a new book project, an emotional history of Anglo-American relations. He is currently writing a series of lectures about the history of the CIA for The Great Courses.

Board Member

Nicholas Reynolds, PhD

Nicholas Reynolds has worked in the fields of modern military history and intelligence off and on for 40 years, with some unusual detours. Freshly minted PhD from Oxford University in hand, he joined the Marine Corps in
the 1970s, serving as an infantry officer and then as an historian. As a colonel in the reserves, he eventually became officer in charge of field history, deploying
historians around the world to capture history as it was being made. When not on duty with USMC, he served as a CIA officer, most recently as the historian for the CIA Museum. He has also tried his hand at farming, writing a novel, and mountain climbing. One of his proudest moments was making it to the glaciated peak of Mt Baker at the age of 64. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University and, with his wife, Becky, cares for rescue pugs.

Treasurer, Ex-Officio

Maria Robson is pursuing her PhD at Northeastern University where she studies international relations and comparative politics. She holds a Master's in Military and Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary and previously worked as a private-sector intelligence analyst, conducting risk assessments of locations in the Americas, West Africa, and the Middle East. Her Master’s thesis focused on Canadian signals intelligence within the Five Eyes alliance. Maria's research on World War II signals intelligence has been published in the Journal of Intelligence History.

Graduate Student Representative

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