Ruxandra Oana Vlad

Ruxandra Oana Vlad

Doctoral Student in Political Science, Spec. Counterterrorism and National Security, Carleton University

Ruxandra Oana Vlad is a PhD student in Political Science with a background in Counterterrorism and National Security. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2015 with a Master’s degree specializing in Counterterrorism and Intelligence Studies. Prior to that, she completed an Honours Bachelor degree in Political Science with a minor in Psychology in the same department. Her research interest is in Counterterrorism, (Counter)Intelligence, National Security, Border Security and Psychological Profiling.

During her doctoral studies at Carleton, Ruxandra will be researching the efficacy of current international border security practices under the supervision of Dr. Martin Geiger. Her objective is to enter into a government agency tasked with developing and implementing counterterrorism strategies, measures and policies aimed at achieving and maintaining both national and international security.

Over the past few years, Ruxandra has published books including “Orwellian Canada: Our Home and Surveilled Land”, “404 Error: Access Denied”, “Kingdom Falling: The Maoist Insurgency in Nepal”, and papers including “Blood and Borders: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”. She is also a Doctoral Affiliate and Counterterrorism Researcher with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), and regularly collaborates with international scholars, academics and think tanks on projects related to the fields of Counterterrorism and National Security.