Laura Resnick Samotin is a Ph.D. candidate in the political science department at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines how militarism contributes to a reduction in military effectiveness and adverse war outcomes via the generation of unsound wartime grand strategy. In addition, she conducts research on political psychology, specifically on bias in decision-making processes; on grand strategy and American foreign policy; and on military technological innovation.
Ms. Resnick Samotin is a Cordier Fellow in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, where she instructs masters-level courses in international relations theory. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California in Fall 2018. She was awarded a Hans Morgenthau pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in Spring 2020. Her work has been funded by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library’s Scowcroft O’Donnell Grant and the Charles Koch Foundation.
Before starting her Ph.D., she was a researcher at The Good Judgement Project at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia University.