Prior to joining the American Action Forum in August, Mylinda worked as a graduate lecturer and advisor at West Virginia University. She has experience a number of policy areas including education, national security, proliferation, and foreign policy. Her written work reflects her diverse policy background and delves into subjects such as North Korean nuclear weapons proliferation, the role Kantian dyads play in conflict, energy security, and education policy. She recently published her first article in a peer reviewed periodical which discusses nuclear waste and the challenges faced at home and abroad. In 2006 she received her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Oregon and earned her master’s degree from West Virginia University in political science (emphasis international relations and national security) in 2008. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation which compares the impact of external and internal threats to regime perpetuation and governmental willingness to violate the rights of its citizens.