Mara Kiernan is the lead analyst at the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) where she contributes expert writing, analysis, and synthesis to research and training products across the HDIAC’s 8 technical focus areas. Prior to working for the HDIAC, Mara specialized as a mixed method researcher and has extensive quantitative and qualitative research experience. Her past work spans a number of focus areas, with publications on continuing productivity during presidential administration transitions as well as drone warfare. Mara is currently pursuing her M.S. in Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy at American University, and holds her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Languages & Literatures from the University of Virginia.
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