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Cristiana Matei, Ph.D.

Contact Info

(831) 656-6013
Office Address:
Glasgow Hall, Room 352

Lecturer, CCMR Program Manager

Expertise: Latin America, Intelligence and Democracy


Florina Cristiana (Cris) Matei joined CCMR in 2003. Cris has researched, published and lectured on a wide range of issues concerning civil-military relations, democratization, security sector reform (SSR), intelligence, countering/combating terrorism, organized crime, and street gangs. Cris earned a M.A. in international security affairs from NPS, and a B.S. in physics (Nuclear Interactions and Elementary Particles) from the University of Bucharest. She has earned her PhD from the Department of War Studies of the King’s College (University of London). She is the co-editor (with Thomas Bruneau) of The Routledge Handbook of Civil – Military Relations, published in 2012.

Teaching Interests:

Intelligence and Democracy

Civil-Military Relations and Democratic Transition/Consolidation