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Meet the Class of 2016 Fellows

Siddha Hover

Siddha  Hover

Siddha Hover works for BAI, Inc. as an embedded contractor with the Department of Homeland Security, where she serves as DHS’s sole treaty analyst. In her role, she is responsible for reviewing all relevant DHS-sponsored research and activities for compliance with applicable arms control agreements. Siddha is currently pursuing her PhD in Biodefense. She holds an MSc in Biodefense from George Mason University and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.   

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Kristin Sara Post M.A. Peace and Conflict Resolution, M.A. Education

Kristin Sara Post   M.A. Peace and Conflict Resolution, M.A. Education

Kristin Post is currently living in northern Virginia and working at Marine Corps Base Quantico.  She is a Researcher with the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL)’s Translational Research Group (TRG).  She is currently the lead researcher for a longitudinal study that will use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess cultural training and education programs with 7th Marine Regiment.  She is also conducting interviews with individuals who were involved in the humanitarian response to the 2014-2015 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.  Those transcripts  will be archived in an open-source lessons learned database hosted by the American Anthropological Association.

Prior to this year, she conducted another IRB-approved longitudinal study assessing culture and language training for Marine advisors and trainers of foreign militaries.  She also published a peer-reviewed article on culture stress.  In 2014, she was an assistant instructor for the Command and Staff College elective “War, Sex and Gender.”  She has also collected oral history interviews about the origin of CAOCL in the context of institutional changes in the military due to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She developed experience working with the Marines when she deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a Social Science researcher with a Human Terrain Team (HTT7).  She conducted outside-the-wire research primarily with three battalions in Nawa and Marjeh Districts.  Prior to that, she was awarded a globally competitive Rotary World Peace Fellowship and graduated with a Master’s International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, Australia.  She has also received a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has worked in a cultural education museum and for National Public Radio member stations, and she has traveled and studied in over 48 countries on five continents.  

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Behind the Scenes in Biosecurity

Phyllis Arthur Interview

Phyllis Arthur, Senior Director, Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics and Diagnostics Policy, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), discusses the role of public-private partnerships in drug and vaccine development and production and broadly outlines the roles that Congress, the Administration, and the private sector play regarding US biodefense policy.