African Maritime Security Research

Kelly Moss

African Maritime Security Researcher

Kelly Moss is an African Maritime Security Researcher for Stable Seas, a program of One Earth Future, where she focuses on maritime crimes and political violence. Her research expertise is in terrorism, insurgency, and substate violence.

Before joining One Earth Future, Kelly worked at the U.S. Departments of State, Transportation, and Agriculture. At the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, she covered myriad issues ranging from the 2018 Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to countering violent nonstate actors in Central Africa. At the Departments of Transportation and Agriculture, she focused on U.S. critical infrastructure resiliency and food security.

Kelly is a Virginia native and holds a Master’s degree in Security Studies Policy from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. While there, she was the recipient of Georgetown’s St Andrews scholarship, resulting in a semester-long exchange at the University of St Andrews Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. Kelly also holds a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University’s Honors College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018. There, she studied political science, leadership, and West African affairs. 

Publication-wise, Kelly has written articles for The Georgetown Security Studies Review, World Politics Review, and Scholarly Commons.