Laura Resnick Samotin is the Inaugural  Postdoctoral Research Scholar  in National Security and Intelligence at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University. She holds a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University, where she focused on the non-material determinants of military effectiveness. Her dissertation examined how militarism contributes to a reduction in military effectiveness and adverse war outcomes via the generation of disintegrated wartime grand strategy. In addition to her work on intelligence and grand strategy, she conducts research on political psychology, specifically on bias in decision-making processes; on American foreign policy; and on military technological innovation. Her research has been published in the Journal of Politics and by Georgetown University Press and Cambridge University Press.

Samotin was a Cordier Fellow in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia from 2016 to 2021. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California in Fall 2018 and a Hans Morgenthau pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in Spring 2020. Her work has been funded by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library’s Scowcroft O’Donnell Grant and a Charles Koch Foundation dissertation development grant for the study of grand strategy.

Before beginning her Ph.D., she was a researcher at The Good Judgement Project at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia University.

Principal Articles

Michael C. Horowitz, Lauren Kahn, and Laura Resnick Samotin, “A Force for the Future,” Foreign Affairs, 101, no. 3 (May-June 2022).

Book Chapters

Laura Samotin, Don Casler, Mira Rapp-Hooper, and Rebecca Lissner, “American Grand Strategy and the Post-Post-Cold War World,” in Nuno Monteiro and Fritz Bartel, eds., Before and After the Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2021)  

Other Articles, Testimoney and Reports

Laura Samotin and Max Margulies, “Why Russian Conscripts Can’t Subdue Ukraine,” Wall Street Journal, 5 May 2022.