Our Director

Dr J Michael Waller is the founder and director of Georgetown Research.

He was the first Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication, endowed by the Annenberg Foundation, at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. For 13 years he developed and taught a unique curriculum on strategic communication, including foreign propaganda, public diplomacy, political warfare, and psychological strategy. From there, he applied Big Data analytics and other advanced technologies to his applied research for confidential clients.

His most comprehensive published work, Secret Empire: The KGB In Russia Today, was finished in 1993 and published by Westview in 1994 as the first significant academic work that foresaw the rise of the former KGB to take political and economic control of Russia, practically foreseeing Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.

He has been a lecturer and instructor for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; and the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Dr Waller is a founding editor of two peer-reviewed scholarly journals: Defence Strategic Communications, published by NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia; and Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, published in association with the George Washington University.

Dr Waller received his PhD in International Security Affairs from Boston University in 1993, earning the University Professors Prize for best dissertation. Boston University presented him with the University Professors Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.

He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations and Communication from Boston University in 1989 as the John M Olin Fellow at the Center for Defense Journalism. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the George Washington University, graduating first in his class at the School of Public and International Affairs in February, 1985.

He is a member of the National Association of Scholars, the General Society of Colonial Wars, and Sons of the American Revolution.