Global Security Initiative

About us

Cyber threats. Resource scarcity. Epidemics. Privacy in the age of big data.

These are wicked problems — security challenges that are global in scale, borderless by nature, interdependent and often have no clear solutions. These threats are driven by complex, interwoven sets of factors. They require a novel, more holistic approach centered on interdisciplinary research that spans the public, private and academic sectors.

GSI is ASU’s answer to those challenges. An initiative of ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development, we develop practical mission-relevant approaches and effective decision-oriented tools for policymakers and implementers, drawing upon our faculty’s expertise and connections with the defense, security and diplomacy communities. The goal is nothing short of enhanced national security and global impact.


Portrait of Nadya Bliss, Director

Nadya T. Bliss, executive director of the Global Security Initiative

Nadya T. Bliss leads ASU’s hub for interdisciplinary security research and primary interface with the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. Prior to leading GSI, Bliss served as the assistant vice president, research strategy in ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise Development, and spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding group leader of the Computing and Analytics Group.

Portrait of Jamie Winterton

Jamie Winterton, director of strategy

Jamie Winterton coordinates and participates in interdisciplinary defense and security-related research, particularly in cybersecurity, and chairs GSI’s DARPA Working Group. Prior to joining ASU, she worked as a staff scientist for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, developing and directing projects in electro-optical and radar processing and analysis for multiple military and government organizations. Winterton has testified before the U.S. Senate on data breaches and commented on cybersecurity issues for USA Today, The Washington Post, Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR and PBS. Winterton received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Arizona State University and her Master of Science in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



Portrait of Nathan Evans

Nathan Evans, director of operations

Nathan Evans oversees GSI’s daily operations. Prior to joining GSI in 2017, Nathan worked primarily in the international development and non-profit sectors. He was most recently the executive director of a non-profit organization. Prior to that, he served as a democracy and governance advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Middle East Bureau, and as office director for the National Democratic Institute's (NDI) West Bank and Gaza programs. He has lived and worked in West Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans. He holds a Master's Degree in international relations from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire.

Exceptional people. Impactful ideas. Powerful relationships.


Karie Tepper

Financial manager Sr. 

Oliver Dean

Communications specialist 

Scott Ruston

Research scientist

Nancy Cooke

Director, Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming

Ross Maciejewski

Director, Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency

Gail-Joon Ahn

Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Adam Doupé

Acting director, Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics 

Spring Berman

Associate director, Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming