Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where her research focuses on Chinese military and security policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, war termination, and coercive diplomacy. She is also in the United States Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a reserve air attaché for the Asia-Pacific region.
Previously, Dr. Mastro was a fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a University of Virginia Miller Center National Fellow, a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Pacific Forum Sasakawa Peace Fellow, and a Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) Future Leader. Additionally, she has worked on China policy issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, RAND Corporation, U.S. Pacific Command, and Project 2049, and has testified for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Dr. Mastro has published in several venues including the Journal of Strategic Studies, Survival, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, Journal of Defence Studies, the Diplomat, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and Financial Times. Highly proficient in Mandarin, she also worked at a Chinese valve-manufacturing firm in Beijing as a translator and has made appearances on a Chinese-language debate show. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University.