Academic Title

Chair & Associate Professor, Political Science & Public Policy

Additional Title

Director, International Studies Program

Research Summary

Alison Lawlor Russell, Ph.D. is a political scientist specializing in cyber security strategy and cyber warfare.  She is the recipient of the 2018 Sidney D. Drell Academic Award for Intelligence and National Security.

  • Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • M.A., International Relations, American University
  • B.A., Political Science and French Literature
Areas of Expertise
  • Cyber Security
  • Middle East Politics
  • International Politics
  • Maritime Strategy
Recent Publications


“When Attackers Pull the Plug,” Fletcher Magazine, Tufts University, Summer 2018, 19.

“Roadmap for a Code of Conduct for Cyberspace,” Fletcher Security Review, Special Edition: Emerging Domains of Security, vol. 3, no.1, 2015, 8-12. (with Colonel Thomas McCarthy, Ph.D.)

“Cyberwarfare: China’s Not-So-Hidden Secret,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, March 28, 2013.


“Strategic A2/AD in Cyberspace,” Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“Cyber Blockades,” Georgetown University Press, 2014.

Book Chapters

“The Implications of Cyberspace for Naval Strategy and Security”; in Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Joachim Krause and Sebastian Bruns, Routledge Press, January 2016.

“A2/AD @ the Physical Layer of Cyberspace”; in International Conference on Cyber Conflict 2015: Architectures in Cyberspace, NATO Center for Excellence, Tallinn, Estonia, May 2015.

“Counternarcotics efforts and Afghan poppy famers: Finding the right approach,” High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, eds. Paivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad, 2012, (Environmental Law Institute and United Nations Environment Programme, New York), 467-490. (with David M. Caterious, Jr.)

Honors and Awards

2018 Sidney D. Drell Academic Award for Intelligence and National Security