Michele Malvesti

Senior Fellow

Office Location: Rosenkranz Hall

Michele L. Malvesti is a senior national security practitioner with expertise in counterterrorism; international relations; and decision-making and risk analysis.  She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. 

She also is a Vice President in the National Security Sector at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.   

Previously, she served more than five years (2002-2007) on the National Security Council staff, including as the Senior Director for Combating Terrorism Strategy.  She briefly returned to the White House in 2009 to co-chair the Presidential study review that reformed the White House organization for homeland security and counterterrorism on behalf of the Obama Administration. 

She also has served as a professional in the Intelligence Community, including at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she specialized in Middle East terrorism.  Prior to her work at DIA, she served as an intelligence analyst for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). 

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 


Michele Malvesti will teach a seminar on women in national security, a semniar on national security decision-making, and a senior capstone on Internet freedom. She will also co-teach Gateway to Global Affairs.