SIPA Faculty-Erica Borghard

Erica Lonergan

Adjunct Associate Research Scholar in the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

SIPA Faculty-Erica Borghard

Room 1336 IAB, MC 3347



Personal Details

​Erica D. Lonergan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Executive Director of the Grand Strategy Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Lonergan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Friends with Benefits? Power and Influence in Proxy Warfare,” explores the dynamics of proxy alliances and proxy warfare, focusing on the mechanisms and complications associated with state control of and influence over non-state proxies. Her research has appeared in a variety of academic and policy journals, including American Political Science Review, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Parameters. Dr. Lonergan has also published pieces for The Cato Institute, The National Interest,, The Washington Post.


  • PhD in Political Science, Columbia University

In The Media

What the War in Ukraine Reveals About State-Backed Hacking — Erica D. Lonergan of the Saltzman Institute writes.

Apr 14 2022
Foreign Affairs

Erica Lonergan of the Saltzman Institute has a piece in the Council on Foreign Relation's Net Politics and Digital Cyberspace Policy Program on the implications of Ukraine’s use of cyber proxies for norms development.

Mar 20 2022
Council on Foreign Relations

Erica Borghard writes about research that shows why cyberstrikes don’t signal resolve effectively

Mar 15 2021
Washington Post