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(831) 656-6250
Office Address:
Glasgow Hall, Room 355

Assistant Professor

Expertise: Modern Russian History and Security Policy


Dr. Alexandra Sukalo is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is a historian of Russia and Eastern Europe. Her research and teaching focus on Russian and Soviet intelligence and security services, the Russian and Soviet military-industrial complex, as well as the Russian and Soviet nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Dr. Sukalo is completing a book manuscript on the Soviet Union’s domestic intelligence and security services under Lenin and Stalin. Her dissertation, upon which her book is based, won the University of Texas at Austin’s Bobby R. Inman Award for excellence in student scholarship on intelligence. Her second book project, entitled The Soviet Nuclear Empire, examines the Soviet nuclear industry in the periphery of the Soviet Union. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, War on the Rocks, and the journal of Intelligence and National Security.

Dr. Sukalo earned her PhD (2021) and MA (2017) in history from Stanford University. She also received an MA (2012) in European and Russian Studies from Yale University, and she holds a BA (2009) in political science from Barnard College at Columbia University. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining NPS, Dr. Sukalo worked as a Eurasian military analyst for the Department of Defense. She has spent significant time working and conducting research in Russia and Eastern Europe.