Dr. Gillum is from Seattle, Washington and received her B.A. from the University of Washington and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Political Science. She is a former fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and Stanford Law School's Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. She has served as a Graduate Associate researcher at the RAND Corporation and the Department of Defense's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. She recently worked as a Research Scholar consultant for the Gallup Organization and as the Chief Editor and Head Research Assistant on the Mapping Militants project at CISAC. Currently, Dr. Gillum is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project where she co-founded and co-leads the TruDiversity Initiative, which aims to expand and promote participation of Americans of color in every level of the U.S. national security and foreign affairs apparatus.