The LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomed three distinguished new faculty appointments during the 2020–21 academic year: Dr. Bianca Adair, Resident Intelligence Officer, specializing in intelligence and national security; Dr. Patrick Bixler, an assistant professor focusing on environmental resources, urban policy and sustainability science; and Dr. Sheena Greitens, an associate professor whose expertise is East Asia, authoritarian politics and American national security policy.
- Ph.D., Political Science, The University of Alabama
- Foreign Policy
- Foreign Policy
Bianca Adair, an officer in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency, is the Resident Intelligence Officer at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs (2020–22).
She has more than 16 years of federal government service in leadership positions in Washington, DC, and foreign field posts. In her nine years at the CIA, Adair has worked in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa on security, counterterrorism and foreign policy, with a special focus on Iran. Prior to her time in the CIA, she served in Iraq and the United Arab Emirates as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. The recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant on Austrian-Hungarian Relations and conversant in Persian (Farsi), French, Tajiki, German and Hungarian, Adair holds a Ph.D in political science at The University of Alabama. In Fall 2020, Dr. Adair will be offering courses on “Intelligence and National Security” as well as "Thinking, Writing, and Briefing for Intelligence." In partnership with the College of Natural Science's Inventors Program, she will be teaching the "STEM for National Security" course in Spring 2021.