Laura Resnick Samotin is the post-doctoral fellow in national security and intelligence at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and a non-resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s New American Engagement Initiative. She obtained a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University, where her research focused on the non-material determinants of military effectiveness. Her book project examines how public opinion affects the civil-military bargaining space, and subsequently contributes to disintegrated military strategy and reduced military effectiveness. In addition to her work on military effectiveness, she conducts research on political psychology, specifically on bias in decision-making processes; on grand strategy; and on military technological innovation.
Dr. Resnick Samotin was a Cordier Fellow in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia from 2016-2021. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California in Fall 2018 and 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 a Charles Koch Foundation dissertation development grant for the study of grand strategy.
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.