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School of International Service Faculty

Human Rights-Related Faculty Profiles

Mohammed Abu-Nimer: Professor Abu-Nimer is Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute. He has conducted inter-religious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, including Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Philippines (Mindanao), and Sri Lanka. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.
Courses Taught: SIS 419/SIS 619 Dialogue: Approaches & Applications; SIS 516 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies.

Amitav Acharya: Professor Acharya is a professor of International Politics and the Chair of the University's ASEAN Studies Center and has done research on governance, defense and strategic studies pertaining to power in Asian regionalism.
Courses Taught: SIS 542 Human & Global Security; SIS 596 India Human Security in South Asia.

Gordon Adams: Professor Adams is a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, and has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is extensively used by the nation's media for comment on U.S. national security policy.
Courses Taught: SIS 382 Analysis of US Foreign Policy; SIS 496 Policy of National Security Budgeting; SIS 682 Immigration and Customs; SIS 795 The Peaceful Rise of China.

Akbar Ahmed: Professor Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies who studies American society through the experiences of the Muslim community. His findings and accompanying film footage have been widely published. In 2009, he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Affiliate at the US Naval Academy.
Courses Taught: SIS 245 The World of Islam; SIS 390 Challenge of Islam; SIS 619 American Identity/Challenge of Islam.

David Bosco: Professor Bosco is a past Fulbright Scholar and senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Formerly an attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, he focused on international arbitration, litigation, and antitrust matters. He previously served as a political analyst and journalist in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as deputy director of a joint United Nations/NATO project repatriating refugees in Sarajevo.

Courses Taught: SIS 101 Leadership Gateways; SIS 325 International Organizations; HNRS 302 Ethics & International Relations.

Philip Brenner: Professor Brenner has published widely on U.S./Cuba relations, on U.S. policy towards Central America, and on the Cuban Missile Crisis. His most recent book is A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution.
Courses Taught: SIS 382 Analysis of US Foreign Policy; SIS 396 Understanding U.S.-Cuban Relations; SIS 689 Foreign Policy: Theory Decision Making; HNRS 302 War & Personal Responsibility.

Robin Broad: Professor Broad is a Professor of International Development and has worked as an international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department and with civil society organizations in the Philippines. She serves as faculty advisor to such student organizations as Amnesty International and the Fair Trade Student Association, and is an active "scholar participant" in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization.
Courses Taught: SIS 338 Environment and Development; SIS 649 Environment and Development; SIS 650 Global Economics & Sustainable Development.

Charles Call: Professor Call is an assistant professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. He focuses on post-conflict peace building, democratization, human rights and policing and justice reform. He has conducted field research in all of Central America and throughout South America, Africa, and Europe.
Courses Taught: SIS 322 Human Rights; SIS 419 Human Rights in Latin America; SIS 419 Post- War Peace building; SIS 610 Theory of Conflict, Violence, & War.

Miguel Carter: Professor Carter is an assistant professor in International Development. His research interests are in the areas of community development, social movements, civil society, religion and politics, transitions to democracy, and electoral demography. His region of expertise is Latin America.

Christine Chin: Professor Chin is an associate professor of International Relations in the division of International Communication. She studies the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations. She has completed a research project that examines the emergence and growth of cruise tourism from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Courses Taught: SIS 140 Cross-Cultural Communication; SIS 642 Cross-Cultural Communication; and HNRS 302 Tourism and Development.

Ronald Fisher: Professor Fisher teaches International Relations in the division of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. He was the founding coordinator of the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and has taught at a number of universities in Canada, the United States, and Europe in peace studies and conflict resolution.

Courses Taught: SIS 419 Applied Conflict Resolution; SIS 609 Conflict Analysis & Resolution: Theory & Practice.

Carolyn Gallaher: Professor Gallaher is an associate professor in Comparative Regional Studies. Her work blends political economy and cultural studies while focusing on the role of paramilitaries in irregular warfare and the influence of the religious right in US foreign policy.
Courses Taught: SIS 276 Contemporary Latin America; SIS 714 Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations.

Louis Goodman: Dean Goodman is the Dean of the School of International Service and an expert on civil-military relations and democracy building in Latin America. He has researched and lived abroad in Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.
Courses Taught: SIS 715 Seminar on Advanced Research Design.

Clarence Lusane: Professor Lusane teaches courses in comparative race relations, modern social movements, comparative politics of Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, black political theory and political behavior, international drug politics, and jazz and international relations. He is a national columnist for the Black Voices syndicated news network, and has published his writings in national publications and presented them at leading American and international universities and in the international media.

Julie Mertus: Professor Mertus is an authority on the Balkans who has worked on gender and human rights issues for governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including UNHCR, USAID, the Norwegian government, the Open Society Institute, Women for Inclusive Security and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. Her book Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy was named "human rights book of the year" by the American Political Science Association Human Rights Section. Her other books include Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions; Human Rights and Conflict; The United Nations and Human Rights; Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War; and Surviving Field Work. A graduate of Yale Law School, her prior appointments include: Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace; Human Rights Fellow, Harvard Law School; Writing Fellow, MacArthur Foundation; Fulbright Fellow (Romania 1995; Denmark 2006); and Counsel, Human Rights Watch.
Courses Taught: SIS 419 Human Rights & U.S. Foreign Policy; SIS 622 Human Rights; SIS 517 Gender, Human Rights, & Conflict; SIS 519 Human Rights & Conflict.

James Mittelman: Professor Mittelman is University Professor in Comparative Regional Studies. He has had teaching and research appointments in Finland, Japan, Uganda, Mozambique, and South Africa, and lived in Tanzania. He has also worked for the United Nations and with nongovernmental organizations.
Courses Taught: SIS 589 Global Political Economy; SIS 619 Masterworks in African Studies.

Anthony Quainton: Professor Quainton is a Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence as well as Co-Director of North American Studies in the Department of United States Foreign Policy. He is an expert in diplomatic security, political violence and terrorism.
Courses Taught: SIS 382 Analysis of US Foreign Policy; SIS 389 Diplomatic Practice; SIS 653 USFP towards the Middle East.

John Richardson: Professor Richardson is a professor of International Development and has pioneered computer modeling to study long-term global problems involving relationships between population, resources and environment.
Courses Taught: SIS 337 International Development; SIS 600 Quantitative Analysis in International Affairs.

Abdul Said: Professor Said is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a range of activities, both on and off campus, aimed at advancing our understanding of world peace.
Courses Taught: SIS 607 Peace Paradigms; SIS 619 Localizing Peace.

Cathy Schneider: Professor Schneider is an associate professor in Comparative Regional Studies and studies political violence and comparative social movements. She is a former member of President Obama's criminal justice and foreign policy advisory committees.
Courses Taught: SIS 419 Nationalism/Ideology: Southern Europe; SIS 596 Political Violence.

Daniel Schneider: Professor Schneider is an assistant professor in International Politics who previously served as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs. He is the executive director of Probitas International, a nonprofit organization aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries' legal systems.
Courses Taught: SIS 419 Transnational Crime & Terrorism; SIS 619 Corruption, Development & Democracy; SIS 619 Dynamics of Terrorism.

Judith Shapiro: Professor Shapiro is the AU Director of the Dual Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development with University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is the author of Mao's War against Nature and the co-author of Son of the Revolution and other books on China.
Courses Taught: SIS 400 Environmental Politics of Asia; SIS 660 Environment and Politics; SIS 663 Washington Workshop: Environmental Politics.

Susan Shepler: Professor Shepler's research interests include youth and conflict, migration crises and security, reintegration of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, post-conflict reconstruction, education and economic development, NGOs and globalization, and youth and childhood studies. She has conducted research for UNICEF on transnational fosterage of war-affected youth in West Africa. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and has authored several book chapters and journal articles in the fields of youth studies, human rights, and African politics.
Courses Taught: SIS 496/SIS-696 Conflict in Africa; SIS 496/SIS-696 Youth and Conflict; SIS 610 Theory of Conflict, Violence & War; SIS 612 Research Seminar: Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Sarah B. Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. Her book, Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network, (Cambridge University Press), analyzes the development of a transnational network devoted to human rights advocacy and its contributions to the end of the Cold War. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awarded it the 2012 Stuart Bernath Book Prize by for best first book by an author and the 2012 Myrna F. Bernath Book Award for the best book written by a woman in the field in the previous two years. Her second book, Human Rights Before Carter (under contract with Columbia University Press) explores the development of U.S. human rights policy during the long 1960s. In addition to authoring several chapters in edited collections, she has also published articles in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Human Rights Quarterly, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, and Journal of American Studies.

Anthony Wanis-St. John: Professor Wanis-St. John is an assistant professor in the Department of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. He has created advanced courses for SIS, including an analysis of complex international challenges such as ceasefires and peace processes. He conducts advanced negotiation trainings, mediation and conflict resolution workshops in diverse organizational contexts and sectors.

Courses Taught: SIS 606 Culture, Peace & Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence; SIS 611 International Negotiations.

Paul Wapner: Professor Wapner is director of the Global Environmental Politics Program in SIS, and author of Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism, and Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, which won the Margaret and Harold Sprout Award, and co-editor of Principled World Politics: The Challenge of Normative International Relations.
Courses Taught: SIS 660 Environment & Politics; HNRS 302 Sustainable Design.

Paul Williams: Professor Williams is a Professor of Law and International Relations and serves as the Executive Director of the Public International Law Policy Group. He formerly served as an attorney/advisor for the U.S. Department of State, and has advised nearly two dozen states and governments on peace negotiations and drafting post-conflict constitutions.

Courses Taught: LAW 980 Advanced International Law: Law & Peace Negotiations; SIS 710 Advanced International Law.