Tara Maller is a research fellow in the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation. Her current areas of focus include sanctions, diplomacy, intelligence, cybersecurity, terrorism and women in security. Previously, she worked at BrightWire Inc. in New York, where she served as the managing editor and managing director of Operations, Americas. During her time at BrightWire, her primary responsibility was managing the media analyst team and providing editorial direction with regard to a wide range of global economic and political topics. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. in political science at MIT, where her dissertation focused on information collection, diplomacy and sanctions. During this time, she was an affiliate of MIT’s Security Studies Program and she served as research fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Previously, Maller worked as a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on the Iraq insurgency. She has published articles in The Washington Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and PS: Political Science and Politics. She has also written for ForeignPolicy.com, CNN.com, BlogsofWar.com, Bloomberg View, Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post, and has appeared as a commentator on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, Bloomberg West, Bloomberg's Bottom Line, HuffPost Live and Al Jazeera America. She graduated with a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and received a M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago.