Stephanie R. Ahern


Adjunct Associate Professor - Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Dr. Stephanie Ahern is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She teaches a Spring semester course on the Economic Dimensions of International Security in the Master of Science in Foreign Studies program; and a Fall semester course in Policy, Strategy, and Military Operations in the Security Studies Program.

She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, currently serving as the Senior Army Advisor for Strategy in the Strategy and Force Development Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Pentagon.

A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Ahern has served in U.S. Army engineer units in Vilseck, Germany, and Fort Stewart, Georgia, U.S.A., including leading soldiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 and 1998, Albania and Kosovo in 1999, Afghanistan in 2002, and Iraq in 2003.

After becoming an Army Strategist, Ahern taught in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 2005-08, and spent Summer 2006 in Iraq as the liaison to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq for the Center for Army Lessons Learned; and Summer 2007 in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. Department of State Political-Military Bureau/Plans, Policy and Analysis Office. Subsequent Strategist assignments have included serving as a Council on Foreign Relations’ International Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of International Affairs, Middle East and North Africa Office in Washington, D.C., from 2008-09; author of the Army Campaign Plan in the Army G-3/5/7, Pentagon, from 2009-11; and Strategic Planner and Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Arlington National Cemetery from 2011-13.


  • PhD (2009) University of Notre Dame, Political Science
  • MA (2005) University of Notre Dame, International Relations
  • BS (1995) U.S. Military Academy, Engineering Management