CIS congratulates the graduates

CIS congratulates the graduates

The Center congratulates the Class of 2018 from its Security Studies Program. Lena Andrews, Marika Landau-Wells, and Timothy Wright each received a PhD in political science at MIT.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

June 6, 2018


Lena Andrews has broad research interests including military innovation, civil-military relations, and US foreign policy. Her dissertation evaluates the effectiveness of joint operations in the US military, focusing on the use of tactical air power since World War II. Before coming to MIT, Lena was a senior program specialist at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Tufts University.




Marika Landau-Wells focuses on political psychology and conflict. Her research looks at how an individual’s preferences for government policies to address issues like immigration, fundamentalism, and climate change, can be explained by the cognitive systems involved in threat perception and response formulation. She is also affiliated with the SaxeLab, a social cognitive neuroscience lab at MIT. Marika holds an AB in government from Harvard University and an MSc in global politics from the London School of Economics. Before coming to MIT, Marika worked in corporate strategy, management consulting, and renewable energy.



Timothy Wright  focuses on strategy and intra-state conflict. He is an active duty Army officer who has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Pacific leading infantry and special operations units. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in United States History, and he recently earned an MA in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College, graduating with highest distinction.