Melissa Pavlik is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, where she focuses on the campaign of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) outside of Iraq and Syria, global terrorism trends and events, and ISW’s work looking at a new U.S. grand strategy.
Ms. Pavlik previously served as a fellow for the Project for International Security Policy Workshop at the University of Chicago, and held research internships at the State Department and the Hudson Institute. She is a graduate of ISW’s Hertog War Studies Program, an intensive 2-week program for undergraduates geared toward finding, educating, and launching the next generation of national security thinkers. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science and Statistics. She is proficient in Spanish and has an elementary knowledge of Moroccan Arabic.