Kateri Carmola - Research Scholar
The academic pursuits of Kateri Carmola focus on the changing landscape of modern warfare. With the rise of privatized military forces, new ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding international security protocols and laws of war are developing. Ms. Carmola explores these issues as a scholar and professor.
At the beginning of 2012, Kateri Carmola accepted a position as Visiting Research Scholar at Middlebury College, a well-regarded liberal arts school in Vermont. The shift follows 10 years in the classroom as an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in Middlebury’s Political Science department. In this capacity, she taught Introduction to Political Science as well as graduate-level courses, including War, Law, and Ethics and Private Military Contractors in the Age of New Wars.
With her focus on modern warfare and the role of military contractors, Kateri Carmola makes frequent media appearances and is an active participant in governmental and academic forums, seminars, and discussions on the subject of private defense contractors. Ms. Carmola spoke on National Public Radio’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” twice, and her work has appeared in The New York Times on multiple occasions. She presented several papers on the topic to the International Studies Association, among more than a dozen in total, and has been invited to speak at 10 events since 2006.
Kateri Carmola provides her services as a peer reviewer for a dozen journals publishing on international relations and political science, including the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and the American Political Science Review. Apart from her speaking engagements and presentations, Ms. Carmola has published several journal articles and contributed chapters to two books. Ms. Carmola’s first full-length book, Private Security Contractors in the Age of New Wars: Risk, Law, & Ethics, was published in 2010.
At present, Ms. Carmola’s research explores political and military theories regarding counterinsurgency strategy and tactics.