Faculty from Previous Years
Dr. Härdig is a Professorial Lecturer in the International Politics program at SIS. His main fields of expertise are international politics and comparative and regional studies with a special focus on social movements and grassroots networks in the Middle East. Dr. Härdig’s dissertation examined grassroots struggles to broaden the space for political participation in the Middle East, using a case study of civic grassroots activists in Lebanon. A former student and research affiliate at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon, Dr. Härdig is a frequent traveler to the Middle East. He is the recipient of several scholarships and grants, including a Fulbright scholarship, the Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, and multiple grants from the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. In recent years, Dr. Härdig has worked as a researcher and consultant for American and European companies on projects in Lebanon.
Dr. Long recently completed his PhD in international relations at American University. His dissertation, "Convincing the Colossus: Latin American Leaders Face the United States," examines the strategies and approaches of Latin American leaders who seek to influence U.S. policies. He conducted archival research and interviews for that project in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and the United States. Long has published in Diplomatic History and Latin American Research Review (co-authored with Robert A. Pastor) and has presented at numerous academic conferences, including the International Studies Association and the Latin American Studies Association. In addition to his dissertation work, he is currently writing on the role of the U.S. Congress in the making of U.S. foreign policy and on the changing landscape of Latin American diplomacy. He has taught Diplomacy and Dictators for three years, from 2011 to 2013, and he was previously honored with the SIS award for excellence in teaching by a doctoral student. He holds an MA in U.S. foreign policy, also from American University; prior to coming to American, he studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked for several years in newspapers.
John Robert Kelley
Dr. Kelley is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2007. His dissertation titled "From Monologue to Dialogue: U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Post-9/11 Era," currently being revised into a book, delves into the recent history of American public diplomacy activities, offers empirically-based tools for interpreting these activities, and advocates new directions in strategy and organization. Prior to this, Dr. Kelley served as a Program Officer in the Office of Foreign Missions, U.S. Department of State, and also for several years as an intercultural business consultant to American and Japanese firms. His most recent publications include a contribution to The Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy (2008, edited by Nancy Snow and Philip M. Taylor), and articles in Orbis and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.
Dr. Sajjad is a Professorial Lecturer in the International Politics program. Prior to this, she served as adjunct faculty for Human Rights and for the Community of Scholars Program at AU. Until 2006, Dr. Sajjad worked as the Global Rights' Asia Program Associate in Afghanistan. She has also worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs for the South Asia Division, as a research analyst for Survivors’ Rights International and as an independent consultant for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) in Kabul. Her scholarly research and publications examine questions of human rights and conflict, transitional justice, the experience of women in war and peacebuilding, and civil society and post-conflict reconstruction.
Dr. Bratman is an Assistant Professor with the International Development Program at SIS. Dr. Bratman's research involves sustainable development politics in the Brazilian Amazon. Her major research projects focus on the links between environmental policy, agriculture, and human rights in Brazil and beyond. Dr. Bratman also has a keen interest in urban politics and development issues closer to home, including in Washington DC. Dr. Bratman holds a Ph.D. from American University's School of International Service (2009). She was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil (2007) and holds a Certificate in Human Rights from the Washington College of Law (2004).