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Whitney Grespin is a student in the Defence Studies Department PhD research programme. She holds a BA from Duquesne University, a Master's in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, a professional certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University, and secondary education social studies teaching licensure from Pennsylvania State University.  She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Miss Grespin is an experienced programme management professional with specialised experience performing oversight of security sector reform, capacity building and educational projects in developing/complex environments on five continents. After completing a Graduate Teaching Assistantship with the Defence Studies Department was awarded a Teaching Fellowship concurrently with her research programme of study. Her research interests include:

  • Contingency Contracting
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Military and Society
  • Peace Support/Stabilisation
  • Security Sector Reform
  • US Defence and Foreign Policy 


  • Book Chapter, "The Easy Button: Foreign Military Training as an Exit Plan." Sandhurst Trends: War Amongst the People. Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Howgate Publishing. 2019.
  • "Well-Behaved Defense Contractors Seldom Make History."  War on the Rocks.  April 2016.
  • "The Evolving Contingency Contracting Market: Private Sector Self-Regulation and USG Monitoring of Stability Operations Services Procurement."  U.S. Army War College monograph.  January 2016.
  • "From the Ground Up: The Importance of Preserving SOF Capacity Building Skills", Journal of Strategic Security 7, no 2 (July 2014)
  • "The Spaces in Between: Mitigating Threats in Ungoverned Spaces" (with Michael Rettig), Small Wars Journal (17th October 2013)
  • "Shohna ba Shohna: US Interests in Transition from Coalition to Afghan National Security Forces", PRIAD Policy Journal 1.1 (July 2013)
  • "Fifty-four Durand Lines: The Importance of Persistent Security Assistance in Africa", Stability: International Journal of Security & Development (23rd July 2013)

Whitney Grespin PURE Profile