A successor to Dr. Alan Kessler in the Visiting Intelligence Officer Program inaugurated in 2018, Dr. Adair will continue bringing intelligence expertise to the University. Her experience in counterterrorism and Iranian regional security will expand the issue areas currently represented at the LBJ School and provide an invaluable resource for students interested in U.S. foreign policy, security, and the intelligence community.
Dr. Adair has more than 16 years of federal government service in leadership positions in Washington, DC, and foreign field posts. In her 9 years at the CIA, Dr. Adair has worked in the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa on security, counterterrorism, and foreign policy, with a special focus on Iran. Prior to her time in the CIA, Adair served in Iraq and the United Arab Emirates as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. Recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant on Austrian-Hungarian Relations and conversant in Persian (Farsi), French, Tajiki, German, and Hungarian, Dr. Adair holds a Ph.D in political science at The University of Alabama. In Fall 2020, Dr. Adair will be offering courses on "Intelligence and National Security" as well as "Thinking, Writing, and Briefing for Intelligence." In partnership with the College of Natural Science's Inventors Program, she will be teaching the "STEM for National Security" course in Spring 2021.