Meagan Bennett is a third year dual-degree masters student in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies in the Dual Language track for Arabic and Persian. Her research examines the intersection of intelligence, policy, and diplomacy, focused on national security, information warfare, creative insurgency, and strategic communications. She interned with the State Department in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Previously, she worked as a federal and private contractor in the Middle East for several years. Meagan is a veteran of the U.S. Army where she served as an Arabic linguist in Military Intelligence including tours in the Middle East.
Nathan Bumagny is a Master of Global Policy Studies candidate and Chancellor's Scholar at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His research interests include the Middle East, North Africa, and religious extremism. As a Graduate Archer Fellow, Nathan spent the summer of 2019 in Washington, DC interning at the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project. Prior to this, Nathan spent thirteen months living and studying in Morocco as a Boren Scholar. He is a combat veteran and served in the Army National Guard for seven years, completing a tour in Afghanistan in 2012. Nathan is passionate about public service and hopes to contribute to U.S. foreign policy upon graduating in 2020.
Laura Quaglia is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include national security policymaking and agenda-setting from a comparative perspective, specifically the reform in the U.S. intelligence community after 9/11 and on the diffusion of national security policies from the U.S. to the G20 countries. Prior to joining the Brumley Next Generation Fellows program, she served as a graduate research fellow with the Policy Agendas Project. Laura received her B.A. in International Relations and her M.A in International Strategic Studies from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. Upon completing her Ph.D., Laura plans to pursue an academic position and maintain strong ties to public service.
Ms. Bennett, Mr. Bumagny, and Ms. Quaglia were assigned to work with CIA Resident Intelligence Officer Dr. Alan Kessler, ISP Director Steve Slick, and ISP Senior Fellow Paul Pope, respectively.