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2014-2017 Research Seminar Series    

This seminar series, sponsored by the institute’s Center for Intelligence and Security Research, is designed to advance student research interests by giving them the opportunity to learn about the application of specific methods utilized by experienced faculty in fields relevant to intelligence and national security.  These seminars are particularly recommended for Intelligence and National Security Studies (INSS) graduate students who will soon start or have started their capstone or theses projects and hope to deepen their understanding of applied research.  They are also appropriate for UTEP undergraduate students contemplating graduate study in the institute’s INSS Program.  Faculty will explain how they designed, implemented, and used specific methods in their research.  These seminars are held periodically and are open to all interested UTEP students, faculty, and staff.


  • November 1, 2016 – Dr. Brandon Valeriano, Cardiff University and Marine Corps University, “Cyber Victory
  • October 12, 2016 - Mr. David Danelo, Foreign Policy Research Institute, “ Turning the World Upside Down: The Art and Science of Professional Field Research
  • April 1, 2016 - Dr. Dan Jones, UTEP Department of Psychology, “ Twisted Ideals: Moral Manipulation and Sacred Certainty”
  • February 12, 2016 - Dr. Stephen Coulthart, National Security Studies Institute, "Everything is Connected: Using Network Analysis in Security Studies Research”
  • November 20, 2015 - Dr. Charles Boehmer, UTEP Political Science Department, "Using Databases in Conflict Studies"
  • October 30, 2015 - Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde, National Security Studies Institute, “Elite Interviews and the Study of Intelligence"
  • May 1, 2015 - Dr. Deana Pennington, UTEP Department of Geological Sciences and UTEP Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence, "GIS Research and its Multiple Applications"
  • February 27, 2015 - Dr. Larry Valero, National Security Studies Institute, “The Historian’s Craft: Archival Research and the Study of Intelligence” 
  • November 21, 2014 - Dr. James Wood, UTEP Department of Psychology, with Dr. Misty Duke, National Security Studies Institute, "Using Experiments to Address Issues in Intelligence and National Security"