Michael Ceci

Ph.D. Student

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  • School of International Affairs
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I am currently an incoming PhD student at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. I am also an active-duty Air Force officer and am privileged to be attending Georgia Tech through a developmental education program. A pilot by trade, I’ve been flying the C-130J transport aircraft for (only) four years and expect to return to the flying community post-graduation in 2023. This career field, as well as my assignment overseas in Ramstein Air Base, Germany, has provided incredible experiences working with several international organizations (particularly NATO) and U.S. partners (especially across Europe and North/Sub-Saharan Africa).

As I continue a now eight-year military career, myself, my wife, and young son have the rare opportunity to live just minutes away from both sets of family. I believe our new home in Kennesaw, GA will balance the professional demands of an in-residence PhD with quality, and long overdue, time with extended family. I am incredibly excited to start this new chapter in both my academic and military career!


Capt Michael Ceci, U.S. Air Force, PhD Student

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

The Georgia Institute of Technology

Faculty Advisor:
Jenna Jordan
  • M.A. Public Policy, International Security & Economic Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD,
  • B.S. Management & Spanish Minor, United States Air Force Academy, CO
Awards and
  • 1 of 6 Captains selected by Air Force Chief of Staff to pursue PhD at prestigious civilian university, 2019
  • #1 Captain in US Air Forces Europe to compete for Air Force Chief of Staff’s Prestigious PhD Program, 2018
  • 86th Operations Group Aircrew Company Grade Officer of the Year (#1/80), Ramstein AB, 2018
  • Distinguished Graduate with Academic & Military Distinction (#43/1083), US Air Force Academy, CO, 2012
  • Top Management Graduate Award (#1/98), US Air Force Academy, CO, 2012
  • 4-time Mountain West Conference All-Academic Honors, US Air Force Academy, CO, 2009-2012


Research Fields:
  • Regional Security Challenges
  • Spanish
  • Africa (North)
  • Africa (Sub-Saharan)
  • Asia (East)
  • Asia (South)
  • Europe
  • Armed Conflict
  • Foreign Policy
  • National Security