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Lieutenant Commander Rachael Gosnell, JPMP

Lieutenant Commander Rachael Gosnell is a Junior Permanent Military Professor in the Political Science Department. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 with a BS in Political Science (with honors) and Spanish minor.

At sea, she has served onboard USS SHILOH (CG-67), USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) and as the Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer onboard USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106). While ashore, Lieutenant Commander Gosnell was stationed at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy and at the Pentagon, where she served in OPNAV 513 Strategy & Policy and as Speechwriter for the 30th Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Greenert.

She earned a Masters in International Security Studies from Georgetown University through the Navy’s Politico-Military Masters Program. She also holds a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

LCDR Gosnell is currently pursing doctoral studies in International Security and Economic Policy at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include maritime security in the Arctic, NATO, cooperative security, military cooperation, and naval strategy.

Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (2), Top Gunner Award, Navy League Award, and various campaign and unit awards. She serves on the US Naval Institute Editorial Board, where she has been elected Chairman of the Board for the past two years.

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