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The WNI team is spearheading the global conversation about weaponized narrative.


Braden Allenby

President’s Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, 
Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, Arizona State University

Founding Co-Director, The Weaponized Narrative Initiative

Joel Garreau

Professor of Culture, Values and Emerging Technologies, Arizona State University

Founding Co-Director, The Weaponized Narrative Initiative

Cyndi Coon

Chief of Staff Threatcasting Lab Arizona State University, Special Consultant to the Office of the President ASU, Founder and President Laboratory5 Inc.

Producing Director, The Weaponized Narrative Initiative

Daniel Rothenberg

ASU School of Politics & Global Studies Professor of Practice
Co-Director, Center on the Future of War

WNI Brain Trust

Jeff Kubiak

ASU Senior Fellow, Center on the Future of War
Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies

Bob Schmidle

University Advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies at ASU; first Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command; lieutenant general (retired), U.S. Marine Corps

Matt Chessen

Matt Chessen is a U.S. diplomat, technologist and American author.

Ajit Maan

Founder and President of Narrative Strategies; faculty at Union Institute and University's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program and George Mason University's Center for Narrative Conflict Resolution

Herb Lin

Senior research scholar at Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation,
Hank J. Holland Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Jonathan Herrmann

Senior Intelligence & Information Ops/Instructional Systems Designer, Sotera Defense Solutions, US Air Force

Scott W. Ruston

Research Professor at Arizona State University Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Alan Levinovitz

 Associate professor of classical Chinese thought at James Madison University, journalist and author focused on the intersection of philosophy, religion, and science.

Monika L. Richter

Analyst at the European Values think-tank, focusing on democratic policy measures to combat disinformation and hostile foreign influence efforts, as well as the broader challenges of fighting information pollution in the age of unchecked digital media.

Travis Trammell

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army. PhD candidate in the Engineering Risk Research Group within the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University. Dissertation Title: Probabilistic Risk Analysis for Fake News

Kateryna (“Katja”) Smagliy

McCain Fellow, ASU’s Public Service Academy. Former Director of the Kennan Institute Kyiv Office

Hasan Davulcu

Associate Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at ASU and co-founder of ARTIS Looking Glass, LLC -- a startup that focuses on the voices and perspectives of people and social movements in conflict areas as well as those of transnational groups.

Kurt Sanger

Kurt Sanger is a lieutenant colonel and judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, and a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center's National Security program.

Steven Corman

Director, ASU Center for Strategic Communication, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication,
Consultant and science panel member, Department of Defense, counter-terrorism arena

Sha Xin Wei

Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at ASU
He directs the Synthesis Center for responsive environments and improvisation with colleagues in AME and affiliate research centers


Marvin Leal

Graduate Student, MA in Global Security at ASU

Sam Krivin

Graduate Student, MA in Global Security at ASU