Stephanie Papa is the Program and Research Administrator of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In these capacities, she provides high-level administrative management support for the Center, assists in developing program initiatives, manages logistics for workshops and conferences, assists in the management of department budgets, and oversees marketing and communication strategies. Prior to joining FPI and the Merrill Center, Stephanie served as the administrator of four academic programs’ curricula, programming, faculty, communications, and development at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she advised program leadership, conducted student and stakeholder outreach to advance program objectives and inform program design, and designed and executed program events.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2017, Stephanie served as an analyst on the Strategic Analysis & Assessments team at Scitor Corporation and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for nearly four years, where she focused on the future security environment and nuclear weapons. She produced several reports on the nuclear security environment in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and served as a developer, facilitator, and analyst of wargames, tabletop exercises, and workshops examining the range of potential U.S. responses to foreign nuclear weapons development. Also in this capacity, she spent nearly two years onsite at the Office of Net Assessment (OSD/NA) in the U.S. Department of Defense, where she served as an assistant to the director and supported outreach and engagement with the interagency, Congress, and subject matter experts.
Stephanie received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a B.A. summa cum laude in Anthropology and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She speaks French and has studied Arabic and Farsi.