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).
M. Kathryn Barbier, Distinguished Visiting Professor, United States Air Force Academy (2021-2022) is a professor of History at Mississippi State University. She is a scholar of the Second World War with a particular focus on the Normandy invasion, deception, and double agents. Her first book, D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion, was published in 2007. Her most recent publication, Spies, Lies, and Citizenship: The Hunt for Nazi Criminals (2017), focused on the efforts of the Office of Special Investigations, Department of Justice, investigate potential Nazi criminals who lived in, or passed through, the United States. Her current research is on a WWII female double agent, whose work, while short, contributed to Operation Fortitude, the deception plan cover for the Normandy invasion. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students and publishing her research, she has presented her scholarly work at numerous conferences. Dr. Barbier is also a member of the Society of Military History’s Board of Trustees, co-director of the Second World War Research Group, North America (SWWRG, NA), co-editor of War in History, and co-series editor of a six-volume Cultural History of War. PhD. Professor, Mississippi State University.
Board Member, Ex-Officio
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.
Michael David Miner has taught at Harvard University for over a decade including courses on intelligence, cyberspace, strategy, and international security. He is an Associate with the Intelligence Project in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He holds a particular interest in bureaucratic reform including the role of intelligence in policymaking. Michael earned his PhD at King's College London studying with the Official Historian of the British Joint Intelligence Committee. The Perennial Quest: Intelligence Integration from London to Washington 1936-2019 examines the historical evolution of national intelligence systems in the United Kingdom and the United States. Outside of teaching Michael speaks to various audiences and organizations on current affairs and advocates for matters of public interest. He also holds a term appointment on the Fulbright Specialist Roster supported by the U.S. Department of State and volunteers in the United States Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary. Dr. Miner is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Fulbright Association, is an active member of the North American Society for Intelligence History, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
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.
Sara Bush Castro
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.
Timothy Andrews Sayle is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the International Relations Program. He is the author of Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order (Cornell, 2019). He has co-edited two volumes: with Jeffrey A. Engel, Hal Brands, and William Inboden The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq (Cornell, 2019); and with Susan Colbourn, The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age (University of British Columbia Press, 2020). His research on NATO, Canadian-American relations, and intelligence issues has been published in Canadian Military History, Cold War History, Intelligence & National Security, International Journal, International History Review, Historical Journal, International Politics, The Journal of Strategic Studies, and in several edited books. Professor Sayle is a Senior Fellow of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of the United States, and an associate of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of Trinity College and alumnus of Massey College. Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto have worked with Professor Sayle to build Canada Declassified, a web repository of recently declassified archival records. This project has been supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and a Connaught New Research Award. Professor Sayle is a project leader of the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project.
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).
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.
Brendan MaGee is the owner/operator of Halifax boutique publicity firm, Front Porch Publicity. FPP offers full-service media relations, leading strategic campaigns for emerging and established artists, festivals, and events throughout Canada.