• Nina A. Kollars Image Credit: Brian Miller (Chorus Photography)
Associate 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.


“The Rise of Smart Machines: The Unique Peril of Intelligent Software Agents in Defense and Intelligence” in Palgrave Handbook of Intelligence and Security. Palgrave Macmillan, edited by Michael Goodman, Huw Dylan, and Robert Dover. Forthcoming Winter 2016

"Security Through Information Sharing: The Promise of ISACs for Stronger Defense Policy” with Andrew Sellers. Forthcoming, Journal of Cyber Policy Fall 2016

"Learning to Fight & Fighting to Learn: Practitioners and the Role of Unit Publications in VIII Fighter Command 1943-1944” with Richard Muller and Andrew Santora. Forthcoming,  Journal of Strategic Studies, Fall 2016

“Bootstrapping and Portability in Simulation Design” with Amanda Rosen. International Studies Perspectives May 2016 Vol 17, no 2

"Organising Adaptation in War" Survival. 2015 Nov 2;57(6):111-26.

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

"War’s Horizon: Soldier-Led Adaptation in Iraq and Vietnam. Journal of Strategic Studies38(4), 2015: pp.529-553.

"Military Innovation's Dialectic: Gun Trucks and Rapid Acquisition. Security Studies. 2014 Oct 2;23(4):787-813.

"Terrorists that Couldn't: Seeing Terrorist Innovation as a Risky Venture." with Paul Brister. 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.

"Pass 'Em Right: Assessing the Threat of WMD Terrorism from America's Christian Patriots." with Paul Brister. 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.