Julia M.


Julia M. Santucci 
3213 Wesley W. Posvar Hall



MA, Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona (2004)
BA, History, University of Dayton (2001, summa cum laude)


Julia M. Santucci is the Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies and Director of the new Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs.  Ms. Santucci has over a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions.  She most recently served as a Senior Advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, where she worked to advance gender equality as a core U.S. foreign policy priority.  This included work to integrate women's issues into U.S. efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism globally.  From 2012-2014, she served as the Director for Egypt at the National Security Council, providing advice to the President of the United States and the National Security Advisor and coordinating U.S. policy toward Egypt across the interagency.  She worked for ten years as a leadership analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she provided written assessments and oral briefings to the President, Cabinet members, and other senior officials to help inform their decision making around developments in the Middle East.

Teaching & Research Areas

Intelligence community functions and reforms, intelligence and foreign policy making, gender and national security issues, countering violent extremism, Middle East politics, U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


“Gender Equality as a National Security Priority,” Center for a New American Security, Voices from the Field Series, September 15, 2017.

“Back Leadership on Human Rights, Poverty Aid,” The Pittsburgh Catholic, June 9, 2017.

“Countering Violent Extremism Means Countering Gender Inequality,” War on the Rocks, December 16, 2015.


  • Introduction to American Intelligence
  • Politics, Development, and Conflict in the Middle East
  • Intelligence Analysis: Providing Support for U.S. Foreign Policy Makers

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260