Professor Patterson’s previous jobs include: Strategic Advisor in the Commander’s Initiatives Group, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan; Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the National Defense University; economic advisor to the 1st Armored Division while deployed to Iraq; Assistant Professor of Economics and Comparative Politics, Department of Social Sciences at West Point; and CFR International Affairs Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman and the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. She holds a PhD from The George Washington University in National Security Policy, a M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.