Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Research Methods. In 2014, she received her Master of Arts, with honors, in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent: Brussels School of International Studies. In 2013, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in International and Comparative Studies from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Warpinski’s work focuses on international security and children's rights. Primary areas of interest are (counter)terrorism, foreign fighting, youth radicalization, and effective disengagement. She is currently working with Dr. Mia Bloom on a Minerva Research Initiative funded project to map the mobilization of children into violent extremist organizations. That includes developing case studies of child involvement in Boko Haram (Nigeria) and Al Shabaab (Somalia).
While earning her MA,Kristian Kastner Warpinski also worked with the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center in Brussels, Belgium as a Research Intern focused on Africa. She monitored open source intelligence and published real-time alerts on security concerns, including: terrorism, piracy, ethnic and sectarian violence.
In 2018, she was awarded an American Political Science Association (APSA) First Generation Scholar’s Travel Grant. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the British International Studies Association, and the Society of Terrorism Research.
She speaks French (Intermediate reading and writing; introductory conversational) and is currently learning Modern Standard Arabic.