• Nina A. Kollars Image Credit: Brian Miller (Chorus Photography)
Assistant Professor of Government



Office: HAR 233


Professor Kollars' scholarship examines the innovative practices of U.S. soldiers in war, and organizational responses to that creativity. Specifically, Kollars traces technological and tactical modifications that fall outside military guidelines and whether those new practices and technologies become incorporated into doctrine. Her second passion is teaching and developing new techniques that emphasize active-learning processes. Prior to her Ph.D., she worked as an analyst at the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, a researcher for the World Bank, and has authored several reports on terrorism. Kollars’ newest project looks at DoD’s emphasis on user-innovation models as a new direction for weapons development.


"Organising Adaptation in War." Survival Vol 57, Iss. 6, 2015 

Book Review: "When Soldiers Fall: How Americans Have Confronted Combat Losses from World War I to Afghanistan" The RUSI Journal  Vol. 160, Iss. 5, 2015

"Bootstrapping and Portability in Simulation Design" co-authored with Amanda Rosen, International Studies Perspectives 2015 doi: 10.1093/isp/ekv007

 "Military Innovation's Dialectic." Security Studies, no. December 2014 (2014).

"War's Horizon: Soldier-Led Adaptation in Iraq and Vietnam." Journal of Strategic Studies (2014). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402390.2014.971947

Co-Author "Terrorists that Couldn't: Seeing Terrorist Innovation as a Risky Venture." Homeland Security Review (Fall 2014).

"Non-Material Factors & Taking the Soldier Seriously: Five Clarifications in Military Technological Innovation." in American Strategy and Purpose: Reflections on Foreign Policy and National Security in an Era of Change. Natter & Brooks eds.

Co-Author "Pass 'Em Right: Assessing the Threat of WMD Terrorism from America's Christian Patriots." Perspectives on Terrorism (2013, Vol 5:2)

Co-Author "Simulations as Active Assessment?: Typologizing by Purpose and Source." Journal of Political Science Education (2013, Vol 9:2)



B.A., College of St. Benedict, 1996; M.A., George Washington University, 2003; Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2012.