Daniel Schneider is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service and Director of its Center on Non-traditional Threats and Corruption (CONTAC). He teaches courses on corruption and development, transnational crime and terrorism, and world politics. Professor Schneider was a federal prosecutor with the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and later with the Department’s Office of International Affairs. He served as the Justice Department’s Resident Legal Advisor to Russia, working on issues concerning corruption and the rule of law. As an expert in the areas of criminal justice, governance and corruption, he has consulted for the World Bank, the American Bar Association, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard, and other nongovernmental organizations on projects concerning corruption, the rule of law, civil society, and the judiciary in Russia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Moldova, and Albania. Professor Schneider holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the London School of Economics, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Teaching grant, teaching in Russia.
Keith Henderson is Director of CONTAC's TIGERS program. TIGERS, which stands for Transparency, Integrity, Governance, Economic Growth, Rule of law, and Security, is a global best practices governance framework for promoting better governance and the rule of law. A significant part of the TIGERS program is providing continuing education to government officials and others from around the world.
Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service. He is also Chair of the University’s ASEAN Studies Center. His previous appointments include Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Centre for Governance and International Affairs at the University of Bristol; Professor, Deputy Director and Head of Research of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto; Fellow of Harvard University's Asia Center; and Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Acharya’s publications number over 20 books and 200 journal and magazine articles. His most recent book is Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009).
Ben Jensen is an Assistant Professor in the International Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy Programs of the School of International Service. He is also the faculty advisor for American University Veterans. His research interests include international security, international relations theory, and historical sociology. Outside of academia, he is active in the policy arena and has prepared special briefings on intelligence, counterinsurgency, post-conflict reconstruction and state building for members of Congress, senior State Department officials, the National War College, and the former interim president of Iraq. A veteran military intelligence officer in the Army National Guard, Professor Jensen integrates theory and practice in the classroom, framing national security issues in relation to broader political and philosophical debates. He is a PhD candidate in International Relations at American University and he holds an MA in International Peace & Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University.
Manuel Suárez-Mier is the Distinguished Economist-in-Residence at the School of International Service at American University. In years past he has taught Economics at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM); International Economics at the Robert O. Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Business; and Economics at the Center for Research and Economics Education (which he founded) in Mexico City. He has also been a guest lecturer at numerous universities in the U.S. and abroad. Among the many posts Dr. Suarez has held are of Legal Attaché representing the Office of Mexico’s Attorney General at the Mexican Embassy to the U.S., daily columnist at Mexico City’s leading business newspaper El Economista, and Head of Latin American Economics at the Bank of America. He has further served on a number of boards, spoken at several seminars and symposia all over the world, and published dozens of essays and other works. Dr. Suarez holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from the National University of Mexico.
Jordan Tama is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service and a research fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. Dr. Tama specializes in national security policy, the foreign policy making process, and presidential-congressional relations. He is the author of a forthcoming book on how government commissions can trigger important counterterrorism and national security reforms. Dr. Tama has published articles on foreign affairs topics in a variety of scholarly and popular publications. He has also served as a speechwriter for former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, and was a member of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Expert Advisory Groups for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He holds a PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an MPA in International Relations from Princeton University, and a BA from Williams College.