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Sometimes people in academia get their inspiration from unsuspected sources. That is the case with political scientists such as Dr. Roseanne McManus. “While in middle school I started reading novels by Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler. Reading about the strategic interaction of countries in these books made me interested to learn more both about the former Soviet Union and about how countries interact with each other and how they choose their strategies to get what they want,” she says.

This native of Towson, Maryland, went on to obtain a master’s degree in government and politics at the University of Maryland and later a doctorate in political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “After I finished college, I worked for a few years at the Pentagon and the Defense Intelligence Agency, so that further strengthened my interest in international security.”


This work was originally published in College Talk.



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