Elizabeth Radziszewski

Associate Research Scientist, START
University of Maryland

Dr. Elizabeth Radziszewski is an Associate Research Scientist at START where she co-leads the Global Responses to Asymmetric Threats project. Her research focuses on irregular warfare, international rivalries, foreign policy, and creativity/innovation. She is the author of Private Militaries and the Security Industry in Civil Wars: Competition and Market Accountability (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union (Routledge, 2013). Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and policy magazines such as the Wilson Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of Global Security Studies, International Interactions, and Political Research Quarterly. Prior to joining START in 2022 she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Master’s program in Homeland Security at Rider University and a Research Fellow at Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy. Over the years, Dr. Radziszewski designed and taught over 15 courses in the area of foreign policy, global security, and unconventional warfare at the undergraduate and graduate level. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Outside of work, Dr. Radziszewski enjoys spending time with her family, ice dancing, and exploring the outdoors.


  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations), 2007
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, M.A. in Political Science, 2003
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, B.A. in Joint Political Science & History, and Journalism & Media Studies, Highest Honors in both fields, 2001
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Rider University, 2017 & 2020
  • “Foreign Policy Has Lost Its Creativity. Design Thinking is the Answer,” The Wilson Quarterly (Aspen Institute’s 5 best ideas of the day, posted on Twitter by Queen Noor of Jordan), 2016
  • Interdisciplinary Research Grant (Project: Computer-Aided Prediction of Terrorist Attacks), with S. Akcinaroglu and David Liu, Binghamton University, 2010
  • Junior Scholars Grant, East European Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center and American Council of Learned Societies, 2007
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Field Research (Poland), Council for European Studies, 2004
  • Co-winner of the United Nation’s Online Volunteering Team of the Year Award for work that brings post-secondary education to refugees in Africa’s conflict zones, 2007
Professional Experience:
  • Associate Research Scientist, START, 2022-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Rider University, 2016-2021
  • Resident Research Fellow, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, U.S. Naval Academy, 2020-2021
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Lehigh University, 2012-2016
  • Visiting Scholar, The European Union Center, University of Illinois, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Professor, Yeshiva University, 2007-2011
  • Adjunct Professor, The Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, 2005-2006

Lead Investigator on START Research Projects

Selected Publications