Bio

Kateri Carmola was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999 and did her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago.

Since receiving her Ph.D. she has been teaching and writing about contemporary issues in the ethics and laws of war. Her new book, Private Security Contractors in the Age of New Wars: Risk, Law, & Ethics (Routledge), will be available in April 2010. It analyzes the legal, ethical, and sociological issues surrounding the use of private military contractors worldwide. Her next project will focus on the legal and ethical challenges of counterinsurgency operations.

She has participated in numerous forums and events on private security contracting, the issues of the laws and ethics of war, including events hosted by the American Bar Association, the Princeton Project on National Security, and Harvard University Law School. In September 2008 she provided expert testimony for the UN Working Group on Mercenaries, and in January 2010 was interviewed on NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook.

She is a native of St. Albans, Vermont.

Follow her on Twitter at @KateriCarmola

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