About the Intersect Project

Connecting practitioners with scholars

Our Mission
The Intersect Project'smission is to connect policymakers with academics and scholarly, policy-useful research on international security. We continue to note the barriers academics face to producing and disseminating policy relevant work:

  • General unfamiliarity with the structure of U.S. government

  • Lack of pathways to disseminate work in a digestible format for practitioners

  • Misunderstandings of what actually constitutes policy useful work



The Intersect Project is directed by Jeffrey Fields who is also director of the USC Dornsife College Washington, DC Program and associate professor of the practice of international relations at the University of Southern California. Dr. Fields was a Presidential Management Fellow, political-military analyst, and senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Defense. From 2009 until 2011 he was  a foreign affairs officer and adviser to the Special Representative for Nonproliferation at the U.S. State Department. While working at State, Dr. Fields curated a compendium of abstracts and analysis of peer reviewed articles related nuclear nonproliferation for the bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) and what was then then the bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (VCI) -- now the bureau of Arm Control and Compliance (AVC). After leaving government, he established the Intersect Project to continue to highlight policy useful scholarly work for practitioners and connect scholars conducting policy relevant work with government officials.

Prior to serving in government Dr. Fields was a research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has a PhD in politics and international relations from USC and an MA in international policy studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.