Ph.D. Candidate, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs



I am a USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar with the United States Institute of Peace (the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program) and a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. 

My research examines the causes and consequences of strategic defense innovations for national cyber-security. My dissertation project investigates why and how states organize their militaries for cyber-defense; I place special emphasis on the developments of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states and analyze initiatives in the United States, Estonia, and Germany. More broadly, I research topics related to foreign and defense policy, asymmetric conflict, and political methodology.

From 2018-2019, I was a Junior Scholar in the Carnegie International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON) hosted by the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to Syracuse University, I was a licensed Fraud Operations Analyst at E*TRADE Financial Corporation, where I identified financial fraud and resolved cases based on technical compromise data and client behavioral patterns to mitigate risk and corporate losses.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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jablessi [at] syr [dot] edu

100 Eggers Hall

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244-1020

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