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Melissa Will

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Assistant Professor of Practice

Political Science 

Melissa Will joins Purdue as an assistant professor of practice for the Department of Political Science and a faculty fellow in the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program. 

Will holds an M.A. in political science from New York University with a focus in methods.

Prior to coming to Purdue, Will was an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she looked primarily at political and security issues in South Asia. Her insights on the Afghan government were widely recognized both within the intelligence community and the White House. Her extensive travel in the region included a tour where she provided daily intelligence briefings to the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. As a senior analyst, she was deeply involved in all stages of the intelligence process from collection to providing policymakers with finished intelligence. This led to a deep appreciation of and interest in both the internal institutional dynamics at the CIA and the role intelligence plays in U.S. foreign policy.

Will is interested the future of the U.S. intelligence community and how the threat matrix is likely to evolve moving forward. She will teach courses on intelligence, national security, and U.S. foreign policy.