Our Team

Intelligence Studies Project Director
Stephen B. Slick

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Stephen B. Slick is the inaugural Director of the Intelligence Studies Project. He retired in 2014 after 28 years as a member of CIA's clandestine service.

Between 2005 and 2009, Steve served as a special assistant to the president and the Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform on the staff of the National Security Council. He was previously the Director for Intelligence Programs at the NSC. While serving at the White House, Steve participated in efforts to restructure and reform the intelligence community informed by recommendations of the commissions charged with investigating the 9/11 attacks and the flawed pre-war analysis of Iraq's unconventional weapons programs. These efforts included a series of executive orders on U.S. intelligence issued in August 2004, key provisions in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the administration's responses to recommendations by the "WMD Commission," as well as significant amendments to Executive Order 12333 that were approved by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Steve completed five overseas tours as a CIA operations officer and manager, including service from 2009 to 2013 as the chief of station and director of national intelligence's representative in a Middle Eastern capital. His assignments at CIA Headquarters included service as an executive assistant to the deputy director of central intelligence and leading CIA's operations in the Balkans. Steve received CIA's Medal of Merit, Commendation Medal and other awards.

Prior to joining CIA, Steve was a litigation associate at the law firm of Rawle and Henderson in Philadelphia. Steve received a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and Master in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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“Steve Slick for many years served the public with great distinction, both within the Intelligence Community and at the National Security Council. Now students and scholars will have the benefit of his sharp analysis, thoughtful perspective and extraordinary experience. It is a major step forward for the ISP and its effort to focus scholarly attention on the role of intelligence.”—University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven

“Few people are better positioned than Steve Slick to bring a strategic and historical perspective to the work of the U.S. Intelligence Community. As our nation faces a world of increasingly difficult threats and challenges, Steve Slick will provide an important voice for guiding this work."— Former National Security Advisor Steve Hadley

“It is a privilege to have someone with Steve’s background, knowledge and experience on our campus. With Steve’s leadership, the ISP will make The University of Texas at Austin a premier center for the study of the Intelligence Community.”— Former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers

“There has been far too little focus in the academic world on the Intelligence Community and the critical role it plays in our country’s national security. The hiring of Steve Slick to strengthen the work of the Clements and Strauss Centers positions UT- Austin to be the leading academic center on U.S. intelligence.”— Former NSA Director and former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Admiral Bob Inman 

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Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center
Robert M. Chesney

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Bobby Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at the University of Texas School of Law. He also is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, which is a university-wide interdisciplinary research center.

Professor Chesney’s scholarship concerns the legal architecture that regulates the U.S. government’s national security policies, institutions and activities, with a particular emphasis on the disruptive impact of technological and strategic change over time. He teaches an array of courses including National Security Law, Constitutional Law, and the History of U.S. Counterterrorism Law and Policy (1970 to present). He is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, a member of the American Law Institute, and a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy. He previously served as a member of the Director of National Intelligence’s Advance Technology Board, and as an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board. In 2009, he served as an advisor to the President’s Detention Policy Task Force, which was charged with developing long-term policy options in relation to the capture, detention, trial, or other disposition of persons in the context of combat and counterterrorism operations. He is a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard Law School and Texas Christian University.


Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security
William Inboden

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William Inboden is the Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin. He is also an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Inboden's other current roles include Non-Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Senior Advisor with Avascent International, and Associate Scholar with Georgetown University's Religious Freedom Project. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, strategic forecasting, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives. Inboden also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. Inboden has also served as Senior Vice President of the London-based Legatum Institute, and as a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Sky News, and BBC. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings, and received numerous research and professional development fellowships. He is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Inboden received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Yale University, and his A.B. from Stanford University.


Clinical Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Senior Fellow, Intelligence Studies Project
J. Paul Pope

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J. Paul Pope retired from the CIA after multiple foreign tours, service as Chief of Station, and assignments as a Chief, Deputy Chief, and Chief of Ops in the Directorate of Operations’ three largest components.  As Chief of Training and Tradecraft Division, he was responsible for DO training, capture of “lessons learned,” and adapting to emerging technical challenges and mission imperatives.  He was acting ADNI for Partner Engagement for an extended period and Head of Delegation to NATO’s Civilian Intelligence Committee. Pope was DNI/DCIA Representative to Commander, US Pacific Command and his component commands.  Prior to the NCS, he served on the National Intelligence Council for the Near East and South Asia and led an analytic unit in the Directorate of Intelligence.  Pope was an Army officer, with service on the Army General Staff after twice commanding at the company level, including command of the only active firebase in the Army on the Korean DMZ.  He received his M.A. With Distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He is a Distinguished Graduate of Command and General Staff College and a graduate of the National War College’s CAPSTONE course.


Associate Director of the Clements Center for National Security
Dr. Paul D. Miller

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Paul D. Miller is the Associate Director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin and a lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

As a practitioner, Dr. Miller served as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council staff (2007-2009); worked as an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (2003-2007); and served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan (2002). As a scholar, Miller taught at the National Defense University and worked at the RAND Corporation prior to arriving at UT Austin. In his first book, Armed State Building (Cornell University Press, 2013), Miller examined the history and strategy of stabilization and reconstruction operations. His second book, American Power and Liberal Order: Grand Strategy in the 21st Century, is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2016. Miller blogs on foreign affairs at Shadow Government. His writing has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Survival, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The National Interest, Small Wars and Insurgencies, The World Affairs Journal, and elsewhere. Miller holds a PhD in international relations and a BA in government from Georgetown University, and a master in public policy from Harvard University. He is also a contributing editor of The City and a research fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.


Adjunct Assistant Projector, School of Information
Affiliate Fellow, Intelligence Studies Project
Dr. Lance A. Hayden

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Dr. Lance Hayden is an affiliate fellow of the Intelligence Studies Project housed in the UT Austin iSchool.

After serving with the Central Intelligence Agency, Dr. Hayden earned a PhD at UT Austin’s School of Information. In addition to his private sector pursuits, Dr. Hayden has, over many years, designed and delivered a popular suite of courses for undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Information. Dr. Hayden is an information security and privacy expert and educator with over twenty-five years of experience in the public and private sectors, starting as a HUMINT Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Hayden’s teaching at The University of Texas includes courses on the intelligence community, security and privacy, and surveillance in society. In keeping with his interests and affiliation with the UT iSchool, Dr. Hayden’s courses explore how these phenomena intersect and interact with information studies, human information behavior, and historical Library and Information Science disciplines.

In his private sector career, Dr. Hayden is an industry expert on information security, particularly security culture, strategy, and performance. He has worked for both large and small companies, as well as consulting extensively around the globe. Dr. Hayden is the author of two cyber security trade books, People-Centric Security: Transforming Your Enterprise Security Culture and IT Security Metrics.


Project Research Coordinator, Intelligence Studies Project
Ashley N. Thibodeau 

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Ashley Thibodeau serves as the Intelligence Studies Project’s Research Program Coordinator. Ashley’s role involves driving ISP’s many initiatives, including the coordination of varying events, student-centered academic endeavors, and wide range of intelligence focused research.

Ashley holds an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University. Ashley is an alumna of the Archer Fellowship Graduate Program in Public Policy, where she worked at the UT System Office of Federal Relations in Washington, DC on neuroscience and military health initiatives related to UT System policy. Her educational background and research center around leadership, management, and cultural intersections of federal government and policy, the intelligence community, and higher education.

Prior to joining ISP, Ashley worked for several institutions across the United States, including the University of Nebraska, the University of California, Los Angeles, and The University of Texas at Austin, where she was enrolled as a graduate student. Most recently, she served as a graduate assistant within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Management in the McCombs School of Business here at The University of Texas at Austin.


 ISP Student Fellows

Brumley Next Generation Senior Fellow
Michael Gibbs

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Michael Gibbs is a rising third year PhD student in the Department of Government. After receiving his AB from Princeton University in 2012, he worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Washington Institute for Near East Policy in DC for a year before joining the Peace Corps. Following Peace Corps, he started his doctoral program here at UT. Michael studies militias, civil-military relations in insurgencies, and evolving threats in civil wars. Regionally, he is focused on the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellow
Casey Boyles

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Casey Boyles received an undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University in 2011. Prior to UT, Casey participated in the Princeton in Asia program in Penang, Malaysia where she taught English at a university. She is currently in her second year at UT, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies while also studying Arabic. Her research interests include authoritarianism, national security, and counterterrorism.