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Erica D. Borghard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Army Cyber Institute

Ph.D. Political Science, Columbia University, 2014
M.Phil. Political Science, Columbia University, 2011
M.A. Political Science, Columbia University, 2009
B.A. Political Science and English, Columbia University, 2007

Erica D. Borghard is an Assistant Professor in the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy. Prior to that, Dr. Borghard was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. As part of her fellowship, she spent the 2017-2018 academic year on the Global Cyber Partnerships and Government Strategy team at JPMorgan Chase, and at the Cyber National Mission Force at US Cyber Command. From 2014-2017, Dr. Borghard served as an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Rupert H. Johnson Grand Strategy Program in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.

Dr. Borghard received her Ph.D. in Political Science 2014 from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in a range of academic and policy outlets, including The American Political Science Review, Security Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Orbis, Survival, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Cato Institute, The Washington Post, The National Interest, and Net Politics. Dr. Borghard’s current research agenda focuses on cyber strategy, policy, and operations.

Dr. Borghard is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.


ACI Digital Commons Library

“Protecting Financial Institutions from Cyber Threats: A National Security Issue.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (forthcoming September 2018).

“What Do the Trump Administration’s Changes to PPD-20 Mean for U.S. Offensive Cyber Operations?” NetPolitics, September 10, 2018.

“Confidence Building Measures for the Cyber Domain.” With Shawn W. Lonergan. Strategic Studies Quarterly (Fall 2018).

“The ‘Known Unkowns’ of Russian Cyber Signaling.” Net Politics, April 4, 2018.

“Borghard on Perkovich and Levite, ‘Understanding Cyber Conflict: Fourteen Analogies.” H-Diplo, book review, March 24, 2018.

“Why Are There No Cyber Arms Control Agreements?” With Shawn W. Lonergan. Net Politics, January 16, 2018.

“Lost in Cyber Translation? U.S. Cyber Signaling to North Korea,” Net Politics, October 16, 2017.

“The Logic of Coercion in Cyberspace.” With Shawn W. Lonergan. Security Studies Vol. 26, No. 3 (2017), pp. 452-481.

“Can Status Calculate the Risks of Using Cyber Proxies?” With Shawn W. Lonergan. Orbis Vol. 60, No. 3 (Summer 2016), pp. 395-416.

“Will Air-Sea Battle Be ‘Sunk’ by Cyber Warriors?” With Shawn W. Lonergan. The National Interest, December 8, 2014.