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Chris Wardynski

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Chris is a second-year MPP student at the Harris School of Public Policy, and is an active-duty U.S. Army Captain with eight years of service.  His academic interests include national security policy, Army-level strategic talent management, and emerging opportunities in tactical and operational employment of data analytics.  Upon completion of his graduate studies, Chris will serve as an Instructor of economics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

Prior to his arrival at the University of Chicago, Chris served as a Company Commander of a 105-soldier Airborne Sapper Company within the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.  In this role, he fulfilled responsibilities within the Army’s Immediate Response Force (IRF), and supported the IRF’s deployments to Kuwait in 2019, to Afghanistan in 2021, and to Poland in 2022.  Chris' first assignment was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Air Operations Officer. During his time with the 173rd, Chris coordinated and participated in 19 multinational exercises with 17 different NATO partners throughout 11 European countries to strengthen the NATO alliance and deter Russian aggression in the Baltic region. 

Chris holds an M.S. in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a B.S. in economics from the United States Military Academy.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.