Marisol Maddox is an Arctic analyst at the Polar Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Her research considers the security implications of an opening Arctic with a focus on emerging actorless threats, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, and the ways they influence security strategy, geopolitical dynamics, and the broader threat environment.
Maddox spent over a decade studying ecology, organic regenerative agriculture, and resilient systems, and now combines that background with the security field to foster policies that focus on long-term stability. She is particularly interested in opportunities for enhanced international collaboration on shared security concerns, as well as the empowerment of communities to generate place-based, meaningful solutions.
Maddox is additionally a member of the 2021 cohort of the Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative at the U.S. Naval War College, a non-resident research fellow at the Center for Climate & Security, and a member of the NextGen Foreign Policy Initiative of Foreign Policy for America.
Maddox holds an M.A. in International Security with a concentration in Transnational Threats from George Mason University. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecosystems from Binghamton University.