Program Director, Sr. Lecturer
Michael J. Ard is the Program Director and Senior Lecturer for the Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis program. A former CIA analyst and manager, Dr. Ard specialized in Latin American and Middle Eastern issues. Part of his career included three years at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Western Hemisphere. In addition to his career in government, Dr. Ard worked in corporate security at Marathon Oil and as a consultant for a professional service firm focused on international risk.
He was educated at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia, where in 2001 he earned his PhD in foreign affairs. He has written on a variety of issues, including Latin American politics, and in 2003, he published An Eternal Struggle: How the National Action Party Transformed Mexican Politics (Praeger). Dr. Ard formerly was Program Director for Intelligence Studies at American Public University System and for six years taught international security in Rice University’s Master of Global Affairs program. Prior to his academic and intelligence careers, Dr. Ard served as an officer in the US Navy and is a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. He and his wife Jean live in Katy, TX, and have five children.